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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.
Welcome, both. Sorry there's no
scones or scones. We'll explain in a
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 front page of the Guardian leads
on research that shows
pay far exceeds that
of their public sector counterparts.
The Times also leads
on the poisoning in Salisbury,
saying the Prime Minister
is on the verge of publicly hitting
out against Russia if it is
proved that the country
is behind the incident.
The Financial Times claims that
multi-national companies are paying
significantly less in tax
than they were before
the 2008 financial crisis.
The Daily Mail has more
on an alleged child grooming
ring in Shropshire.
And the Mirror reports
Jamie Carragher, has apologised
after he spat at a 14-year-old
Manchester United fan from his car.
So, not suprisingly,
lots more on the events in Salisbury
on the front pages.
That is where we will begin.
The Daily Telegraph says officials
are facing a nerve agent backlash. A
week has gone by and public health
information is only just being
The information people need
to wash clothes they are wearing if
they are around Salisbury, wipe down
mobile phones with wet wipes if they
have been exposed. It is a week
after the incident. You can see
people wearing suits, contamination
suits. It is quite a juxtaposition.
Most people would think it is fine
otherwise they would not tell us,
but they are telling them now. It
seems awfully late to do this.
don't panic. No alarm.
would have visited the restaurant,
pub, where the two or three victims
of the attack visited. But if you
lived in Salisbury and saw military
personnel and police officers on the
front page of The Telegraph, with
these and -- anti-contamination
suits, you'd think something was
wrong. You would wonder what you are
wearing, what you touched, and every
cough and sneeze, you would think,
in my contaminated? I can see people
are rushing to the NHS with
complaints on this.
Look at the
Times. Theresa May to hit back at
Russia over spy attack. That is the
suspicion. Have they got the
evidence to chase it back to Moscow?
It is a Russian double agent who is
the victim of the attack. It is a
state which has the capability of
delivering, and only states have the
capability of delivering attacks of
this nature. If they have found out
what the agent is, that makes it
easier to draw a conclusion as to
which stated would be. We all
suspect it is Russia. -- state it.
Theresa May has been cautious about
saying so. The suggestion is that
tomorrow she is going to, umm, say
that Russia was behind this. We will
see what happens.
It is much more
difficult to trace a nerve agent, a
radioactive powder is easier like
The fact this has
happened, it is almost to send a
message. If it was Russia, Russia
would not do much to hide it. They
want people to know that if you
betrayed the Kremlin, this is what
happens. If you want to take someone
out, there is an easier way to do
it. This is part of the message.
This has a degree of symbolism.
Let's go to the Spring Statement and
the Sun. Losing your belts, they
say. -- loosen. But austerity
The question The Sun is
asking is now that the Times is
talking about turning back
austerity, people are £4 better off
than in 2010 according to the Joseph
Rowntree Foundation. Many of the
Tory MPs I am speaking to,
especially backbenchers, they feel
they need something they can put on
the doorstep to sell, more good
news, a public sector pay increase,
more money for local councils. They
need to give the Chancellor
This was a story that
was around a year or so ago, it was
revealed that those who have gone on
to jobs get pay rise from extra
hours and then lose in work
benefits, tax credits, which makes
them worse off. Iain Duncan Smith
and Johnny Mercer have seized on
this, saying you have to make this a
priority when you start dishing out
some of the... Turning on the
spending taps at the end of the
The Daily Telegraph says
there could be a litter levy.
all part of the... The government is
getting quite green. The coffee
Levis on crisp
packets, take-away cups, and chewing
gum. It costs 10p to pick up chewing
gum. It will be announced at the
Spring Statement on Tuesday, levies
will be considered.
Some things are
The Chancellor has
announced this before, the plastic
levy, takeaway containers, that kind
of thing. The Tories have hit a
sweet spot now, especially because
of the Blue Planet series, they
realise people are tuned in, not
just young or old voters. They see
this as a way of talking not just
about Brexit or Geraghty, there are
things we are four, like leaving the
environment better than we found it.
-- austerity. Michael Gove has a lot
of energy and wants to get on with
things. It is a sweet spot.
not noticed in the last few days we
have seemed... Brexit has done on
You have jinxed
it! Common infections may raise the
risk of strokes, more than obesity,
says the Telegraph.
is a 40% greater risk of heart
attack and stroke, 150%. These
infections are quite serious often.
If you have a propensity towards a
stroke or a heart attack, they will
increase the chance of it happening
What can you
do? Obesity is something we are all
encouraged to tackle, but a common
It is strange,
correlation, causation, is it
because you keep getting infections,
that leaves you having a stroke, I
am not sure what to take away from
It is like people living in
certain towns more likely to die
young. It is often because those
towns have poverty, the healthcare
and the food and the lifestyle makes
the more healthy.
The Guardian. Vice
chancellor pay eclipses public
sector. They have done research,
trying to compare what university
bosses are earning compared to the
Chief Executive of the council.
if you argue they work in the public
sector and there is competition,
comparing it to... They have said
the Chief Executive of Birmingham
City Council pockets £500,000 a
year, a pretty good job in terms of
his salary. This has been around for
a while. There is no sense of
anything changing. The minister said
it is something we need to look at
and put this in the light.
are paying hefty fees these days.
People are starting to ask questions
a bit more about what the quality of
the courses are like and also why
these people at the top are earning
such big money.
A quick question on
the picture. A 2.5 metre statue
based on a real-life man in the
Science Museum as part of the
medical galleries. Zombie Boy. These
are his tattoos. This piece of art
will be in homage to art all over
their body. A bit meta.
It does not
say what it is made out of. It looks
like brass. I would not want to
It would take a while.
Page three of the Mail. The best
headline. Scone of Contention.
National Trust in a Jam. It needs
It is whether you put
your cream or jam on your, can I
correct you, "Scon."
People living in Cornwall put
the jam on first and the cream on
top by people in Devon do it the
other way. The National Trust, in
trouble for many things, hunting on
its land, drag hunting, I think they
call it, or making the staff to wear
Gay Pride badges, which caused a
row, always getting in trouble, they
put up a picture of the jam on top
of the cream, which is the wrong way
They made a Devonian scone,
scoen, look like it was in Cornwall.
The person that posted the offensive
advert has now been suitably
re-educated in the ways of the
Cornish, which I feel sorry for,
being a Devon lad.
It comes up so
Meanwhile, UNICEF dieback on
the menu. We tire of plain plates.
It is a full dinner service,
elaborate ones are being auctioned
off. Is to be the mainstay of your
wedding list. -- It used to be.
Eternal Bows, it used to be. The
Willow pattern as well.
Used to have
a nice one on Christmas Day,
I only ever
saw them as part of the conveyor
I have nice plates for my
We tried to supply a scone
as a prop but the cupboard was bare
in the kitchen downstairs. That is
it for the night.
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