tv The Papers BBC News March 31, 2017 10:40pm-11:00pm BST
bringing us tomorrow. with me are the political commentatorjo phillips and chief economics commentator at the telegraph, liam halligan. welcome to both of you. a look at the front pages first of all. the i newspaper is leading on the story that spain might get a veto over how any agreement between the uk and the eu applies to gibraltar. parliament faces in new expenses scandal after a leak of information on how much mps pay their staff. that makes the front page of the telegraph. the guardian claims that us security officials had serious concerns over michael flynn becoming national security adviser because of his links with moscow. the times reports that repay google £31 million worth of corporation tax. the express covers new of corporation tax. the express covei’s new research of corporation tax. the express covers new research suggesting that a lack of sleep increases the risk of suffering a stroke or heart attack. prince charles tried to
delay the us invasion of afghanistan says a book being serialised by the daily mail. that features on the front page of the paper as well. and an exclusive interview with singer linda nolan who has been diagnosed with cancer in the daily mirror. we will look at those front pages in a moment. first, the i newspaper. fear on the rock. i think you did an interview a while ago with the chief minister of gibraltar. this is not entirely unexpected, but spain is a p pa re ntly entirely unexpected, but spain is apparently going to be given a veto over the future of gibraltar, which has always been a bone of contention between spain and britain. london is said to be furious, borisjohnson is said to be furious, borisjohnson is said to be furious, borisjohnson is said to have committed to fight ruthlessly to make sure that it stays british. and this is all part of the shenanigans that have been
going on today from donald tusk, his comments, europe playing it out on what we can expect, agreed the divorce bill and then we will talk trade —— laying it out. what about ireland, no special deal for the city, nicola sturgeon has told theresa may that she has handed a letter, her version of article 50, saying we will hold a second independence referendum. what do you make about gibraltar? it was nice for a day, wasn't it? yesterday i thought the prime minister and her rather emollient article 50 letter and now the eu has this road map for negotiations which is going to dominate the airwaves for the next couple of years. and they have alighted on gibraltar because they know that will lead to strong emotions in the uk. it has been a british protectorate since 1713, emotions in the uk. it has been a british protectorate since1713, i think. a long time. this is designed
to provoke. spain does have a veto on this deal. it seems that the gloves are off. does and surprises that it has happened so soon? not at all. my view is that the whole divorce bill thing is also designed to to pluck 60 billion euros out of the air, it is a figure that's meant to rile and meant to get the uk on the back foot. if i was advising the british government, which i am not, i would say that in a complex negotiation many facets, the actual amount of money is the very la st the actual amount of money is the very last thing you decide when everything else has been decided so this strikes me as something completely on its head. as liam says of course this will come, are you going to take this cv is and who gets the cat, like in every divorce. the cuts will be later! 0ur cat
correspondent, tonight, jo! spain is where most britons living in europe live as well which adds another facet to it. to be fair to spain, so far in these talks about the future of uk citizens in the eu and eu citizens in the uk, many british citizens in the uk, many british citizens are in spain and madrid has been eager to say publicly, we will accept these people and let's try to get a deal on the rights... british people living here, i think that will get solved quite quickly. i hope so. yet these are the bones of contention will be swirling in the airfor months to contention will be swirling in the air for months to come. different parts of the eu will want different
things. it is notjust what donald tusk says. liam, let's go to the front of the telegraph, continuing the brexit theme. donald tusk says a spot of this opening salvo there must be no unfair competitive advantage that britain takes after brexit. it's all about shifting and trading regulations to get a more business friendly environment to facilitate cross—border trade. iain duncan smith, the former tory leader, a big brexiteer, has predictably said this is posturing. i think the telegraph are only punting this because a lot of the readers run small and medium—sized enterprises that don't actually export to the eu. at the moment they
do have to adhere to all the eu rules. things like brexit make life more difficult for the small and medium businesses. afterwards that will be gone. it will depend on relative regulation. if sun is in relation to workers' rights that will throw up another... it would but there are things about environmental transport, a lot of things have been very beneficial.“ this great repeal bill which viewers will hear lot about, repealing the eu version,
thatis about, repealing the eu version, that is why it's called the great... it will be strange when people start asking which is the one about the bent bananas that have been talked about for the last 30 years?m bent bananas that have been talked about for the last 30 years? it will be such a tsunami of legislation that the government has had to give an undertaking that, we are not going to use this transfer as a way to trick and trim and get stuff through on the nod, we are not going to cut labour or environmental standards. of course, the labour party and the lib dems will be keeping their eyes open for any slip from that pledge. you threw me a question in the office. when was the first mps expenses scandal? to all of our astonishment it was 2009. and we all said, about five years ago?
it is on the front page of the telegraph, a suggestion of a new expenses scandal. although the headline is often is misleading because it is not about expenses, it is about a breach of data. basically the information, about the people mps employed in their offices. some will be members of that mp‘s family. it lists everything including names and addresses, the amount they earn, the amount of holiday entitlement and bonuses, interestingly, this appeared on the independent parliamentary standards authority's old website. it was up there for four hours. that would have been like leaving a document that you wa nt like leaving a document that you want the press to see accidentally ona want the press to see accidentally on a photocopier. allegedly.
laughter .it is laughter .itisa laughter . it is a big story for the telegraph because it was the telegraph's investigation which led to the founding of ipsa. it then said that ipsa recommended, let's get rid of the ideas of mps employing members of their family including spouses. mps rebelled. it seems that still 150 mp5 at 650 employ family members. so a roundabout one in four. in defence, a lot of mps, men and women, live in constituencies that are at the other end of the country. they did not employ their spouse as office manager, then frankly, their relationship would break up —— if they did not employ their spouse. and then you would not get family people being mps. sometimes it can be abused when people employ their children for doing nothing, that has happened in the past. sometimes it is defendable. if you don't spend
time in parliament and understand how it works, it looks bad enough from the outside and goodness knows francois fillon in france is suffering, but it can be justifiable. it is true, if one of you is in westminster... four nights a week and the constituency is bogged down by questions about a local bus route... so sometimes it makes sense that one person should be in the constituency keeping show on the road. in the interests of keeping cats in the topic... let's go to the times. dekker let's drop everything and just do cats. the big moment in british history, cats! google and tax. this is interesting. all the big tech giants are in the
spotlight. companies that may be abusing their market share. saying they've come up with a fantastic product that everyone needs. what we haveis product that everyone needs. what we have is an investigation, google's pa re nt have is an investigation, google's parent company files in the states and shows the revenue of subscribers to google in the uk is 7.78 billion in the last year but the amount of tax they pay is 25 million. that is very low. then it turns out that even though george osborne is said to have wrapped google over the knuckles and done a deal to get tax back, which is hailed as a major success, back, which is hailed as a major success,it back, which is hailed as a major success, it transpires that hmrc now owes google about £30 million. but probably oversimplifies it. you
would think it is an april fool, but nobody would run out as a front—page story however obvious it seems. the country claims it it has paid or taxes legally do, just so that we do that. you're on a! guardian, the front page. donald trump. this could have been an april fool when year ago, michael flynn, former national security adviser to donald trump, forced to resign, has come up through his lawyer, saying he has a story to tell provided he is immune from prosecution. because there are investigations going on into the links between the trump campaign, of which michael flynn was a leading light and russia in the run—up to the election of president trump. according to the guardian, both american and british intelligence had discouraged michael flynn "worrisome" behaviour well before
his appointment and raised concerns about his ties to russia, and his capacity for linear thought, whatever that is. don't ask me what it means! i've no idea. we all looked mystified. is it good or bad, a capacity for linear thought? not only will he go down as the shortest ever serving international adviser, isa ever serving international adviser, is a serious person, a former lieutenant general in the us army, he held a major security post under obama and is a seasoned washington insider. it almost takes us back to mccarthyism and the mutual paranoia of the 19505 that you have a national security adviser deposed,
just a few months into a government, in return for immunity from prosecution. you are guaranteed to arouse curiosity if you say, i have something to tell you but i cannot tell you what it is unless i have immunity. he wants a book deal. he will end immunity. he wants a book deal. he willend up immunity. he wants a book deal. he will end up with his own chat show. and this is the man leading the call for "lock her up" and this is the man leading the call for " lock her up" giving and this is the man leading the call for "lock her up" giving the campaign, about hillary clinton.|j am torn about talking about cats now. let's quickly do le sting. paris, lyon and grenoble say that of british cars come over and don't have a green sticker talking about emissions of the particular vehicle, they will be fined the equivalent of
£117. in order to get this sticker they have to grapple with the french government website that apparently is very difficult, and paid the equivalent of £4 ten. it may be that 22 other french cities including lille and dunkirk, where many british people go, may bring in this scheme as well. so if you are going to drive to paris, lyon or grenoble this easter, do check. the rac say they have been inundated with calls. news that you can use. and because it is going to be a nice weekend here, they say don't go anywhere. cats! do we think this is a real story? a little caveat here. this is quite a large piece of text. we must get these cat faces on the screen.
any cat owner will recognise them. scientists have cracked the secret code of inscrutable cats. according to scientists who filmed 29 cats at a canadian shelter on 275 occasions with these different faces, relax, everything is satisfactory for now. viacom is that a vacuum cleaner, please don't use it, this meal is not served to my liking, and so forth. the thing that gives it away is the thoughts of a person called penny ward mouser, a cat enthusiast, the author of our cats smart. we will have to leave that in suspense. thank you. can ijust will have to leave that in suspense. thank you. can i just say, the will have to leave that in suspense. thank you. can ijust say, the last 30 seconds have been the pinnacle of myjournalistic career. 30 seconds have been the pinnacle of my journalistic career. mind to! mind to!— mine too! that's it for the papers tonight.
don't forget you can see the front pages of the papers online on the bbc news website. it's all there for you, seven days a week at bbc.co.uk/papers, and if you miss the programme any evening you can watch it later on bbc iplayer. thank you jo and liam and cats. goodbye. hello, sunday looks like it will be the better day of the weekend. we are ending the month with showers affecting wales and the south—west, overnight it will affect the western areas of england, perhaps heading into the midlands, the east should be mainly dry, drying of a touch in scotla nd be mainly dry, drying of a touch in scotland and northern ireland, cooler than last night although not especially cold, 8 degrees. april fools' day, the first day of april, and we will start with sunshine and showers in wales and the south—west of england. showers running through the midlands, central and southern england, it should be dry with sunshine. they wet start from
north—west england, this area will see heavy rain first thing in the morning. much of northern ireland, scotla nd morning. much of northern ireland, scotland starting dry with sunshine, rain towards the northern isles, we will see more show was developing in scotla nd will see more show was developing in scotland and northern ireland, a wet start for north—west england, showers elsewhere of england and wales and sunshine as well. showers and the odd rumble of thunder from eastern scotland in the afternoon. showers in the south—east and east anglia by them, higher temperatures, otherwise the numbers lower than today. they were dropped overnight, the showers soon fading away. high pressure building overnight keeping these weather fronts at bay on sunday. billy sunday will be chilly. these of the temperatures in towns and cities, a touch of frost possible in rubles cities, a chilly start for the boat race although warming quickly and with light winds it should be a perfect day for rowing and also for the spectators.
a good day pretty much across the board on sunday, some sunshine at times, a small chance of a shower across england, essentially a dry day and with winds quite light on sunday and some sunshine it will feel warm out there. typical temperatures 13, warmer for england and wales, more sunshine around, the breeze picking up, dry for england and wales by day, scotland and northern ireland should see stronger winds and rain, two weather fronts on the way moving south across the uk, becoming weaker, high—pressure building up the tuesday and probably for the rest of the week. this is bbc news.
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