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Hello and welcome to our look ahead
to what the the papers will be
bringing us tomorrow.
With me are Hugh Muir,
Associate Editor at
The Guardian and Steve Hawkes,
Deputy Political Editor at The Sun.
Many of tomorrow's front
pages are already in.
Tomorrow's front pages,
The Financial Times,
which has a picture
of a smiling Stephen Hawking,
who has died at the age of 76 today.
The I has a special edition tomorrow
celebrating the life
of the mathematician,
who was hailed as 'The greatest
British thinker since Newton'.
The Metro turns its attentions to
events in Parliament with a rather
blunt interpretation of Theresa
May's expulsion of 23 Russian
The Guardian says they treated the
British deadline with sarcasm,
contempt and defiance.
The Sun says Jeremy Corbyn is
eating's puppet after he refused to
accept proof Moscow was behind the
The male says the Labour leader
disowned by his colleagues for
failing to back Theresa May's tough
stance against Russia.
Meanwhile, the Daily Express claims
that a Russian businessman found
dead at his London home earlier this
week was on Putin's 'hit-list'.
The Telegraph has a warning from the
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson
that Britain cannot sit back as he
unveils measures to tackle can call
and biological warfare.
So, Stephen Hawking and the Prime
Minister's sanctions sharing the
front pages. Let's start with the
Metro and that stop headline Push
Offski. 23 spies to be rejected,
talking about a boycott of the World
Cup. The headline is Theresa May,
what she said, will make a
It sounds robust and
they are trying to the impact in not
any one single measure but a
complete package of measures. The
ejection of what they call
undeclared agents. Spies, I think!
If they knew they were here, why not
fling them out before? The Royal
Family will be down about not going
to the World Cup. So the general
package is supposed to provide the
force here. But it is very difficult
because what she needs to do is to
looked off and make it look as if
she is responding in a robust way.
-- to look tough. But there is not
much you can do. The Russians have
given her no scope for any
meaningful action. She does not
really have allies to go to to put
together any real package to get
Moscow's attention. So to some
extent, I think it is bluster and
from the reaction from the Russians
today, they kind of know that.
is the big issue, how much
international support Theresa May
can get. She spoke to various
leaders and they sound supportive,
the question is whether it is more
We saw friends hedging
its bets today. And the US were very
strong that the Security Council
tonight -- two. It is the last thing
Theresa May needs, she is stuck with
Brexit and imploding Tory Party and
the West relations with Russia since
1985. I think the key thing is how
Russia retaliates and what it does
tomorrow. And as the Metro picks up,
the World Cup, we will send a team
and what happens to the fans who
have bought tickets, now thinking
about in three months' time, can we
be safe? What will happen in Moscow?
And they have to budget travel
advice nearer the time.
travel advice to date saying be
aware of anti-British sentiment,
three months before the tournament
The second page of the
Guardian. What you are talking
about, Russia threatens retaliation.
Presumably, they will expel our
people from Moscow, that would be
expected. The fear is whether it
goes further. One Minister said
today, this is just the beginning,
not the end. The UK is expecting
some kind of retaliation.
worry basing to be taking their
time. There is no particular
pressure. So the reaction today has
been pretty much, as Theresa May
said, sarcasm and defiance. We saw
them mocking her reaction to it so
far. Today at the United Nations,
they have been pretty jocular to
some extent about the way they have
reacted. If the hope was she would
get their attention, she does not
seem to have done that in the wake
she would have hoped.
And the other
hand, she does not have the option
to do nothing. She has to react. A
nerve agent used on British soil.
She has to say and do something and
a lot of MPs talking about this
Magnitsky Act that could get to
people they have not got to before
There is a limit, what
can you do to change the way Russia
They have invaded Ukraine
and annexed Crimea and they tried to
assassinate, if you believe
everything, the President of
Montenegro. There is a limit to what
she can do. This is a good day for
Theresa May and what she does well,
we have seen her in environments
where she does not do well, but she
has studied the evidence, she goes
into the hand and -- house and
commands the stage and delivers. How
much will this change behaviour? She
is under threat with Brexit, how
does the world rally round to help?
I agree to some extent, but I think
have seen Theresa May on the set
piece occasions looking really
impressive. It is the delivery. You
have the sense there is a pattern of
her having a good day and in the
days that followed, everything
either not coming to fruition or
The Telegraph have a
different angle. Something we have
heard from different Conservative
MPs about bolstering defences, a lot
saying spending 2% of GDP on defence
is not enough and we have to do more
when it comes to things like cyber
attacks. Gavin Williamson the
Defence Secretary making a big
speech tomorrow where he will call
for exactly that.
This is about the
country want to be in the future, do
we spend more on defence or the NHS
which marked the Defence Secretary
with a big speech talking about more
preparation for chemical warfare.
Every soldier will be VAX --
vaccinated against anthrax. Gavin
Williamson again is speaking to the
Telegraph, the mainstay of the Tory
vote, suggesting more about his
plans for the future!
At a time of
apparent crisis, you have the
internal Tory agony is playing out.
Gavin Williamson making a speech as
part of his wider plan. The
Telegraph have merged this into
their story about what is happening
I guess it is the time
to strike when this is happening.
ask for more money. This was on the
grid, but interesting where it has
gone. To be fair to Gavin
Williamson, last month, he said,
Russia is a huge threat. Cyber plots
all the time. Everybody said, what
is he on?
But look what has
happened. It does add to the feeling
that as crises occur, what takes
precedence is the internal
machinations of the Conservative
The Daily Express, this is
the headline, the case of Nikolai
Glushkov, found dead in Kingston,
London, this week, so suggestion of
foul play. But talking to people
today, they say there is no evidence
of that, but the counterterrorism
police had been brought in to look
at it which is quite significant.
This goes to the idea of a hit list.
We will get onto this with Labour.
The idea of the evidence. The nerve
agent used as a calling card to say,
if you mess with us, Putin is
saying, if you betray Russia, you
will come to a grisly end. Now every
death of a Russian in England will
be perhaps linked to a hit list.
you think people are getting
alarmed? This is directed at certain
people potentially, but the
They will get alarmed
because these are not things they
can deploy precisely. As we see with
what happened in Salisbury, other
people were affected. Not least the
first police officer on the scene,
said people are alarmed and they
have a right to be so. The thing
that worries me, things do seem to
be spiralling out of control to some
extent, in that if what we see is
right, Russia appears to almost be
able to act with impunity. And we
don't seem able on our own to do
very much about that. I think that
speaks to the fact we don't have any
sort of international consensus on
what to do about Russia. It is
difficult to deal with this on our
own. We going to need allies and
that is something we are struggling
And in theory, there are two
killers walking around Britain with
a bag of nerve agent.
poppet. A pretty big row in the
Labour Party today after Jeremy
Corbyn got up and did not
specifically blame Russia and a lot
of Labour MPs unhappy.
A huge story
tomorrow. Near Griffiths the Shadow
Defence Secretary has come out in a
scathing attack on Jeremy Corbyn and
Emily Thornberry made it very clear
she disagreed with the official
His quite important speech.
And this is going to run. We have
heard rumours of a resignation from
the Shadow Cabinet and Jeremy Corbyn
has said, this is a despicable act,
but he did not condemn Russia or
He says there is not
enough evidence yet.
And his Chief
of Staff said, remember the WMD, it
was never proven, how can we prove
this? Corbyn is a pacifist but it
will cause so many ruptures in
We need to talk about
Stephen Hawking before we run out of
time, who died today and people talk
about him is possibly the most
famous scientist since Newton. It is
incredible. He had this populism
which not many scientists have.
is one of the National treasures,
the national treasure's National
treasure. He was so loved across the
country by people who probably did
not understand the first thing! --
we are amongst them. But he was much
loved. On personal grounds, we know
that when he was 21, he was
diagnosed with motor neurone disease
and was told he had to agree is, an
extraordinary thing to get to this
age. And there is his scientific
expertise which are extraordinary.
At the Guardian, we would claim him
in terms of the progressive things
he did, particularly his advocacy on
behalf of the NHS. Put that
together, and you have someone that
when they pass, you feel as a
newspaper that you really want to
pull out all the stops and to do
them justice, and I think you'll
find in all the papers tomorrow,
they do that.
Just quickly, another
story which caught our eye about the
Government saving the pennies after
a bit of a storm caused mainly by
you, Steve, that they were going to
The fact we can talk about
one of the greatest scientist
honoured and we get to a row about
the pennies! This sums up the darker
side, the black hole of government
communications! One David Treasury
puts out a call for evidence of the
future of money which suggests one
and to be coins will be short for
the world and then, we never said
that! And the next day, Downing
Street says, we listen the public,
it it is not going to happen and
they are targeting a £50 note
because it is a bigger problem with
forgeries. I think there have been
four budget U-turns. This went in
less than 24 hours.
We will finish
with the cartoon. It says, the old
wishing well. And then it says, no
copper coins, contactless card
payment only. So that is the end of
pennies because nobody uses them any
more. Or not.
Do you like them? I
don't think many people use them but
it is another step in the erosion of
One group is very happy,
amusement arcade operators, they are
over the moon.
That's it for The Papers tonight.
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Thank you very much. Good night.