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Hello and welcome to our look ahead
to what the papers will be
bringing us tomorrow.
With me, Michael Booker,
deputy editor of the Daily Express,
and Times Columnist Jenni Russell.
Thanks both of you for coming in.
Many of tomorrow's front
pages are already in.
Let's take a look.
Starting with the Financial Times,
which leads on Philip Hammond's
optimism in his Spring Statement,
as well as Donald Trump's dismissal
of his Secretary of State
The Daily Express shares
the Chancellor's sunny outlook,
focusing on the possibility of
tax cuts in the budget in Autumn if
economic forecasts remain positive.
The i reports Theresa May
is preparing a wave of sanctions
against Russia amid tensions over
the Salisbury nerve agent attack.
Tensions with Russia
and that investigation
into the unexplained death
of a Russian businessman in London
feature on the Metro's front page.
The Sun also leads on that death,
the 68-year-old Nikolai Glushovski,
who was an outspoken critic
of President Putin.
The Daily Telegraph's picture story
features racing fans enjoying a day
out at the opening of
the Cheltenham Festival.
But the Daily Star's front page
warns that more freezing
weather is on its way,
with temperatures set to plunge
again this weekend.
And the Daily Mirror warns that one
and two pence pieces could become
a thing of the past,
as the Chancellor launches a series
of finance-related consultations.
Let's talk to our guests. I think
we're starting with the front page
of The i, and this threat of
We've had this for a few
days, there is going to be just that
of sanctions. Looks like the Cold
work starts again tomorrow in
earnest with the Russians over
these, the poisoning and then the
suspicious death which has now been
linked to it. Oligarchs could have
their assets frozen, it doesn't
sound an awful lot. And it does not
sound as if it is going to scare
Russia a single bit. We saw a BBC
correspondent speak to Vladimir
Putin last night and he smirked when
he was asked about whether Russia
had anything to do with the
poisoning. I don't think he cares
and I think the problem we have with
this, and I've seen a few
commentators say this, is that
Russia is prepared to go to the
length that we are not. They seem to
have no boundaries whatsoever, as
seems to be happening with the
poisoning and possibly again with
this suspicious death of someone.
You're not suggesting the UK
intelligence services match the
Russians in being willing to poison
I'm not saying that,
but that is the problem. They are
prepared to go to these degrees and
we are going to hit them with a few
Jenni, what is your thoughts
on this coverage? Do you take the
same view as Michael that it is I
could add up to anything to cause
Vladimir Putin sleepless nights?
I think it's very deliberate on his
part. He could've chosen if he
wanted to commit to kill this man or
these two people, to have done so
without leaving a trace. He is
leaving Britain a message, which is
I can do what I like in your
territory and there's nothing you
can do about. Michael is right. The
reality is we are weak. It's not
that he is going to find that we are
weak. He could see a position now.
To be fair to say, they have sounded
to support this evening. What are
the actually going to do against
Russert? The question is not whether
people make diagnoses or whether
they do anything to combat Russian
power and we have very little
leverage of our own. We can take
these of measures but we are very
small country. What economic power
do behalf against Russia that will
also damage us? And Russia very
clearly said tonight this is no way
to talk to a nuclear superpower.
They are directly threatening us,
basically making clear that if you
attempt to retaliate against us, wow
are we going to...
In the meantime,
potentially, another problem. You
referenced it a moment ago. Death of
ex-Russian exile terror probe.
is a man of 69 years old who says he
was on Russia's hit list and he has
been found strangled. The fact that
this happens within days...
counterterrorism unit is not
confirming the hit for the
regulation mind but this is in the
sun and the Metro.
I think they are
calling it in some Russian on my
newspapers. It's in the Metro as
well. It does seem as though it's
adding up to, again, a big? Against
the Russian state. It just goes to
show what they are prepared to do.
And this is a guy who was the
right-hand man of...
enemy of the Kremlin.
Found in his
bathroom hanging. Well, was he
hanging? Had he strangled his neck
again, this guy, a friend of his,
they say date did not believe he had
There are four or
five suspicious deaths of Russians
on British soil. There is clearly a
pattern here, which is Russia is
saying we can do it as we please.
Yes, interestingly, Matt has found
some black humour on this.
phone call to a Moscow lab saying,
"Yes, this is state-sponsored
doping. You want state-sponsored
But as greedy changes
for a moment and look a different
story -- let's look at the
changes... The Financial Times. They
are going with their lead story,
Hammond but then also, they have got
the Trump- Tillerson story.
sacked and did not really think
Trump for his time as Secretary of
State. He has gotten the boot and we
have the CIA director, Mike Pompeo,
who is basically a Trump yes-man. He
can hold his hand and be nice to him
and not patronize them as much as
others do, and I think Tillerson
called him a moron, and at one
point, Trump, didn't he?
connect the time is between these
two events in the FT story? Are you
interested in the timing? Do you
think it's merely an accident, in
fact that Tillerson has had some
things to say about that? Comp has
obviously been in it different place
It seems very unlikely
that it is a coincidence but the
White House is disputing that event.
Within hours saying Tillerson saying
we can Russia is behind that, he
gets sacked. The White House said,
we planned to sack him last Friday,
he was told nothing about it, and he
is sacked. I doubt there is an equal
incident about this at all.
interest, Donald Trump did come out
and say something about Salisbury
today but late in the day.
to be worried about the Secretary of
State because he's come as the
former CIA director and he's made it
his business to set up to Trump
privately and publicly on every
occasion, and the reason Trump says
he likes him is he's on his
wavelength. In other words, he will
not challenge Trump in any way at
all. He's a hawk and he will do
whatever Trump wanted to do and
would try to be -- would not try to
be, as Tillerson was with his fault,
a voice in contrast.
A crisis in
North Korea, with a summit
potentially in the offing and then
possibly the other nuclear crisis
reigniting again with Iran.
certainly a very frightening time at
the moment in geopolitics, isn't it?
And with that the Russian threat
here as well. Terrifying. When he
says we're not really thinking the
same and the 22nd, Theresa May would
not have half a Cabinet if he was
done on that bit.
stories that, let's get back to
stories, and the Daily Express. At
last, tax cuts on the way, is its
Yes, that is the
Daily Express's spent on this. If
you look be due to are saying is by
2020 from if everything goes well on
the economy, Philip Hammond is would
have £15 billion for tax cuts. We
all got a little bit confused by tax
cuts, but that is absolutely
nothing, it is a rounding error. The
idea we can project three years into
the future and say, I'm deathly
going to have this money, is
basically... Hammond is basically
saying, we're still building up our
debt. But that he was saying this,
but he was saying I don't hunt and a
NHS crisis, a social care crisis and
Light at the end of
He wants to be more
positive and I think Tory MPs
wanting to be a bit more positive
going into the next election in 2000
would you because they need
something to fight Labour on at the
moment. At least it is something for
He described it as Tigger-ing.
Not Eeyore! Claire Foy paid less
than that bit.
She was the queen!
This is so tedious! The trouble with
this is there are many, many more
roles for men and many more starring
roles for men, and if you allocate
pay on that basis, the men are
always going to continue to be paid
more and on and on. She is the
incredible star of that series.
She's won the BAFTA and the Golden
Cheese in more scenes than
him as well, isn't he?
absolutely held the whole thing
She is the show.
producers have said the next person
to play the queen will get more
money but that does not help Claire
Let us go to our last story
because, you know, at least Claire
can can't her penny and tuppence is
and put them in a jar.
8% of people
chuck them away, I mean, who chucks
any money away? A penny on the
floor. I just search pavements all
You're basically saying
you are against the...
I think a lot
of people will be against it. A
labour MP says charities get the
loose change from there. They are
going to miss out on this.
interested to read that Thatcher
dropped the 6p piece for a simple
reason. Nothing on the coins. Maybe
make a few thousand on that.
think it's a good idea though?
I think they are just a complaints
nuisance. -- a complete nuisance.
lot of rummaging around a sofa on a
Saturday night, looking for change.
And we just want to put on the
record that you to get paid exactly
the same, so no quarrelling over
equal pay on the show. Thank you
both so much for coming and. Do it
again any time.
That's it for The Papers tonight.
Don't forget, you can see
the front pages online
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Thank you, Michael and Jenni again.