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tv   The Papers  BBC News  August 27, 2017 10:30pm-10:46pm BST

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hello, this is bbc news. we'll be taking a look at tomorrow mornings papers in a moment — first the headlines at 10.30pm: the american national weather service has described the flooding from tropical storm harvey as being "beyond anything experienced". governor of texas gregg abbott says there are more tornado warnings for tonight. two lorry drivers have been charged with causing death by dangerous driving in connection with a collision on the m1 near milton keynes in which eight people were killed. labour has committed, for the first time, to keeping the uk in the single market and customs union during a transition period after leaving the eu. it says it's to avoid the economy falling off a "cliff edge". a suspected chemical leak affects at least 50 people in the eastbourne area — police warn residents and visitors to avoid the beaches and stay indoors. a minute's silence has been observed at the notting hill carnival to pay
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tribute to the victims of grenfell fire. hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. with me are the political commentator and journalist, daisy mcandrew and tim stanley, lead writer at the daily telegraph. tomorrow's front pages: of course some of the papers are dominated by the tropical storm harvey... the ft reports that the us state houston has been hit by "catastrophic" flooding as the storm caused torrential rains along much of the texas coast. the express focuses on labour's u—turn on the single market, saying the party is facing a backlash from mps after announcing a dramatic shift in party policy to back continued membership of the single market.
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the sun suggests scientists in the us have found a breakthrough to prevent the risk of heart attack and cancer. while the i also leads with the same story — they say the drug has been welcomed by the british heart foundation. the guardian's headline is backlash over labour's shift to soft brexit‘ — they report that the move risks alienating thousands of voters in traditional seats who support greater controls on immigration. and finally, the daily mail also reports on the new study which claims thousands of lives could be saved thanks to a new heart drug hailed as the biggest breakthrough since statins. that's a flavour of some of those pages, some of them even in the right order! let's begin with the express. easy, take us to the outrage as they put it over eu exit betrayal. i don't think anyone who reads the express regularly will be
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surprised that this outrage. this is the story that the brexit spokesman for the labour party has significantly shifted their stance on brexit. to supporting what would basically be a soft brexit. which was not the positionjeremy corbyn had outlined. the thing that annoys mei had outlined. the thing that annoys me i will brexit stories, and you could say this on an awful lot of political stories, is that when you see two opposing newspapers you think you were reading completely different stories. it is frustrating when you think that the truth is in the middle somehow. as so often is the middle somehow. as so often is the case. also about this brexit story is lot of people nowadays like to say they are so —— there is so much buyers‘ regret from people who voted out, and everyone is now convinced it‘s a terrible idea. it‘s simply not true. david cowling who i‘m sure viewers will know, a fantastic expert on polls and elections, very respected, did a big piece earlier this week really analysing all the polls since the referendum. public opinion has not
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shifted one jot. it referendum. public opinion has not shifted onejot. it has referendum. public opinion has not shifted one jot. it has shifted referendum. public opinion has not shifted onejot. it has shifted one point which is within the rounds of com plete point which is within the rounds of complete nothing. very interesting. i think this move was a direct result of the appalling decision to doa result of the appalling decision to do a general election. this has been the inevitable consequence of that. how big shift is by labour? the public may not have changed its mind but it sounds like labour have. at the top of the party, jeremy corbyn and john mcdonald have talked on different occasions about leaving the customs union and the single market. out meant out. during the election, lots of voters, suntory and ukip will have on to labour on the suction that that was the party 's position. there are of course other people in the party who favour what you describe as a soft brexit. it sounds like that side has won the argument. keir starmer has written an article arguing that what should happen once britain has completed these talks has left the eu, that it
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should then enter a transitional period, during which britain will remain within the single market. he says it could be two to four years. whatever happens next we shall see. what's interesting is that during the summer, that seems to be pretty close to the position people associated with philip hammond. some said he favoured a transitional period that perhaps need never end. but of course, about a week ago he and liam fox wrote an article for my newspaper, the daily telegraph, saying we have decided out means out. we will not be bowled by any treaties. so labour has moved into that ground, which has been vacated by the tories. continue the theme with the inside of the sun, page two. again, perhaps not surprisingly, critical of where keir starmer is now. and not unreasonably. reading the observer article, it was not the observer was at first remark reading the article,
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he is clear about this position. what he is not about is what that means the free movement. presumably if you are in the single market you retain that. which is something that will irritate a lot of voters. the other thing is thing is he is really not clear about what the future relationship with the eu will be. he mentions three times a future relationship which will be progressive, notjust relationship which will be progressive, not just about trade but science and things like that, which is superb but of course the tories have been a bit clearer. they say it is a free trade deal. he is not absolutely clear about what it means when it begins. your point of the tories being clearer is true on one side in that they have sounded clearer. the fundamental truth is that no politician knows really what they are talking about, because how could they? we are in such uncharted waters. the labour party is trying to put some clear blue water or some proper choices in front of the electorate. i think in the view that there will be an election sooner rather than later. they want to
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offer that choice. expecting anyone to have any answers about any details is a pie in the sky. don't forget, michel barnier said at one point there will be known smooth terrain. this is not possible. both sides could be discussing something thatis sides could be discussing something that is not even feasible. lets add to the potential confusion. this report on page two of the sun quoting somebody who went to the meeting at chequers, suggesting that theresa may will quit in two years‘ time. this is not the first time we‘ve had this story. this has been bandied about quite a bit. number ten has said it‘s all rubbish. silly season, august, nothing better. not the same as saying it‘s not true. this first came out with the 1922 committee, then her saying she cried election night, people putting words in her mouth sort of, saying she has decided not to stay another two yea rs. decided not to stay another two years. i suspect this is wishful thinking on some people‘s behalf.
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i‘m sure she has no idea how long she‘s going to be in number ten. she will be hoping it will be a full term. with a tiny majority quite unlikely, i would‘ve thought. term. with a tiny majority quite unlikely, iwould've thought. some say the conference will be make or break with her big speech, will she apologise for went wrong, some people say. i agree with daisy. there is a sort of damocles hanging over her head right now and it all comes down to whether people feel she handles things well or not. you are quite right to link the two stories because they are most definitely linked. her weakness and the labour party movement. let me link another one. the front of the financial times... link another one. the front of the financial times. .. very nicely done. almost as if it was planned! their suggestion is that she is yes, under pressure, but partly because of what labour are announcing. let's forget about silly season. it's all going to start when parliament comebacks together and brexit legislation starts to get negotiated. the
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importance of the last election was that the tories wanted a big majority to smooth the brexit they wanted to the comments. the problem is, they do not have a majority, which means on the one hand, labour ta ke which means on the one hand, labour take this position matters. it would not have done before. but it matters fiow. not have done before. but it matters now. equally important is the behaviour of tory rebels, who now feel if labour is taking this position and remaining in the single market, we can ally with them and perhaps through the comments we can affect a negotiation. and those tory rebels are those who are very much on the remain side. absolutely. just hours after this article dropped in the observer this morning, matthew parris was not an mp any more but used to be, still an influential columnist and writer, used to be a tory mp. absolutely die—hard remainer, saying for the first time in his life he could consider voting labour. that is not to be sniffed at. as a comment, lots of brexiteers will sneer at him and say he would
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say that, but actually he has never voted anything other than conservative and buy him to be out of the blocks so far saying i would never vote for kolbing but i would vote labour, if called is not there, given this u—turn, it is significant. there will be lots of mps thinking similar things. —— i would never vote forjeremy corbyn. they will be thinking it and muttering it in the commodores and suddenly be monitoring it at parties. even by his own it he has been conservative in vote only for a very long time. his disagreement with the suppose right—wing drift, ie popular drifter the party has been very well known and documented in his column. frankly, i'm not sure... do tell us what you really think. i don't want to go too far down the matthew parris route because he‘s not here to defend himself. but we do know who these people are who really matter. nicky morgan, etc. and mrs may has a
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working majority of just morgan, etc. and mrs may has a working majority ofjust 13, that involves the working majority ofjust13, that involves the dup as well of course. a further combination. a word about the harry kane also on the front page of the ft. dramatic photographs of course of two men in some sort of treatable craft but a pretty precarious one. extraordinary pictures. i have read i think in the new york times a short while ago that they are saying five dead. i have not seen that confirmed elsewhere, but given the build—up, the catastrophic floods, the worse the catastrophic floods, the worse the state has seen for 20 years or so they say, if we could hope that was the end of it, five deaths is obviously too many but it‘s not quite what was predicted. fingers crossed, but they are saying this evening we will get to everyone, climb up to your roof and someone. it's climb up to your roof and someone. it‘s not terribly reassuring. it‘s a lwa ys it‘s not terribly reassuring. it‘s always extraordinary miniseries things in the states is unthinkable
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the nations of the world, it is surprising they don‘t deal with these things better. maybe they have worse weather than many. take us to the huffington post. this is where rex tillerson, us secretary of state of course, is saying that president trump speaks only for himself an american values. this morning on tv, rex tillerson was asked about the un. the ewen's claim that donald trump... the un had castigated donald trump for his remarks following the charlottesville demonstrations about race. he was asked about this and tillerson responded by saying american values are unchanging and are represented by the state department. we oppose racism and favour the equal treatment of all peoples. he was asked by the interviewer, what about the president's view? he replied that the president speaks for himself. that is pretty remarkable. the idea that secretary of state could imply that the president only speak for himself and not the administration of which he is head. that is hard to remember something
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like that happening recently. hard to think of any recent secretary of state ‘s prior one who i can imagine saying that the president he or she was working alongside. i can‘t think of one. no. we have never been in this situation, it's remarkable. when you think back to theresa may and her visit after the election, it all seemed to go so swimmingly. they we re all seemed to go so swimmingly. they were there holding hands. the un and nato were big parts of their discussions, and trump had called later obsolete, it had been a long—time criticism from him, saying he would cut funding by hundreds of millions of dollars. may it was very pleased she seemed to have made him slightly less and them, rather than generally pro—them. but there has been no love lost there for some time. the un has been very critical on his stance on torture recently. lamb busting him for that. you can see tillerson is in a very difficult position with the un on one side and trump on the other. you would not
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wa nt trump on the other. you would not want that. tillerson will be responding to diplomatic pressure from allies, people who will have been saying to him in the last couple of weeks, you have to make some distinction here or people will feel theyjust cannot work for america if the president speaks for america if the president speaks for america on these issues. a word about the daily mail front page. this is not the only paper to cover this. best heart drugs or distractions. a new monthly injection could save thousands of lives. after new look at a health story and you are sceptical that this one does seem to have a lot of substance. a report publicised today in barcelona at a big health conference. looking at what few details i have seen, it is as you say a very big report, four years long, 10,000 patients. each of whom had
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