tv The Papers BBC News April 28, 2018 10:30pm-10:46pm BST
hello. this is bbc news. we'll be taking a look at tomorrow mornings paper's in a moment. first, the headlines. the supermarket chains sainsbury‘s and asda are at an advanced stage of merger talks. sources say sainsbury‘s would buy its rival from its american owner, walmart. hundreds of balloons have been released in liverpool as a tribute to alfie evans, the toddler who was at the centre of a legal battle over his treatment. the 23—month—old, who had a degenerative brain condition, died nearly a week after his life support was withdrawn. government ministers have offered their backing to the home secretary, amber rudd. it comes after she apologised for not knowing her department had targets for removing illegal immigrants. tens of thousands of people have demonstrated for a third day in the spanish city of pamplona, after a court acquitted five men of raping a teenager at the annual bull—running festival. the group were found guilty of the lesser charge of sexual abuse. coming up, meet the author.
my my guest is rowland phillips, a publisher turned biographer, who has written a revelatory life or perhaps the most puzzling of the cambridge spies who worked for the soviet union. that's coming up. hello and welcome to our look ahead to tomorrow's papers. with me is bonnie greer, playwright and writer for the new european, and anne ashworth, assistant editor at the times. many of tomorrow's front pages are already in. the observer leads with calls from london mayor sadiq khan — the paper says he's calling for the home secretary to resign over what he says is her "inhumane treatment" of immigrants. the mail on sunday reports on allegations regarding the tory mp charlie elphicke.
he denies any wrongdoing. the sunday telegraph's front page includes the news that asda and sainsbury‘s are in talks about a merger. the sunday times claims russia used the internet to try and influence the result of last year's snap election in jeremy corbyn‘s favour. and the sunday express says an sas soldier and his wife stood in as prince harry and meghan markle during a secret security rehearsal for their wedding. so let's have a closer look at those front pages. and, what takes your fancy on the front page of the sunday times? extraordinary story, high noon at number ten over a civil servant. oliver robins, the chief brexit man, civil servant in charge of brexit,
is almost like david davis is saying, it's either him or me. david davis is apparently warning the prime minister that her relationship and reliance on mr robbins is rather like that of margaret thatcher on alan waters, who is a character not many people would now remember, but who this story insists brought about margaret thatcher's downturn. are they quoting anyone serious, or is this off the record briefings?m looks this off the record briefings7m looks largely off the record, but you can see why david davis might be concerned, because apparently they wargamed a situation as to what would happen if the uk stayed in the customs union, would david davis resign? he is out there, actually, talking about a complete break, 100%, with the eu, which is what most people were led to believe
would happen. unfortunately, they didn't wargame it would happen. unfortunately, they didn't war game it before the referendum, so now there's a real world situation in real time, as this civil servant is attempting to advise the prime minister as best he can, but of course the government is made up of politicians, and these people want to deliver the brexit they believe the people voted for, and he's saying it isn't possible. so they are threatening her, basically, with defenestration, as they did to margaret thatcher. we know they are very good at kicking people out of office. this is a real threat. and she has to make up her mind. plus she's got amber rudd... yes, there is an amber rudd dimension. a big amber rudd dimension, and she is the home secretary, and she is on the brink. so all of the scales is going on —— this chaos is going on, with the
government supposedly delivering this reverend and result as best they can. but that isn't the times top story, because they are suggesting that putin is behind jeremy corbyn. the establishment of 6000 twitter accounts supporting corbynite that were active in the run—up to the snap election. even on the day of polling, they were trying to influence, to get the vote out for labour. ending out diverse messages, leaping on any opportunity to show mrs may in a bad light. this is an extraordinary story, because it's... is an extraordinary story, because it's. .. the sunday is an extraordinary story, because it's... the sunday times has gone through a load of accounts. this would take a great deal of time to be able to get this story to the point where you could publish it, and establish that these were twitter accounts set up by russian bodies, either the russian government or companies acting on their behalf. is this a rerun with what we saw with the 20 16th
their behalf. is this a rerun with what we saw with the 2016th trump election and the indictment suggesting that russia is involved? the big story, which fascinates me, is we do know we are in new territory with politics, we know we are ina territory with politics, we know we are in a digital territory with it, we know that the russians influence the brexit vote as well. so it seems to me that people would be looking at the whole shape of this, because out at the whole shape of this, because our elections have been changed, all of them, the referendum result and also this. sol of them, the referendum result and also this. so i think they good idea to look. this is what robert mueller is about, looking at the whole landscape instead of zeroing in on labour. let's look at brexit, too, because it's the whole thing was to that's really what should happen. we will see if matt hancock goes for a wider look, but the cms and wider committee have already their look at facebook and cambridge analytica, so they have done their thing. finn but matt hancock wants to zero in on
labour, and i'm not saying this didn't happen, but we need to look at the whole thing. i also wonder whether there are any bots that are in force before the council elections next week. i have been revived to try and bring out the vote in favour of labour. we don't know. we need to look at how the whole landscape has changed, and i think that's hisjob. this is interesting, but it's a bigger story, and it is how all of the election results have changed. let's move on to the telegraph, with a raft of different stories. what catches your attention? they are getting back into this whole idea of how social media influences elections, and let's remember back to the facebook and cambridge analytica scandal. we all sat and watched and wondered why the information commissioner couldn't go
into cambridge analytica's office and say to them, start searching. they had to wait they after day after day, when who knows what was happening to the data. now it seems as if they are going to be able to go in straightaway, and indeed just not on the door and say, hey, we'd like to look at your systems. it's basically to kick the door in! this goes“ basically to kick the door in! this goes... our elections have changed, the whole thing has changed, and we need to look at everything. the brexit result, and the eu election, and the local elections, look at the whole thing instead ofjust a tiny bit of it, because that's not getting the whole picture. staying with the telegraph, a story we have been covering all evening, he suggested, proposed and advanced, according to the two supermarkets involved, merger of asda and sainsbury‘s. involved, merger of asda and sainsbury's. extraordinary book we are going to hear more from the companies involved at 7am on monday,
but this is an extra week deal, if it comes to pass, and the cma, who rules on these matters, allows it to happen. we are going to see store closures, job losses, but a whole reordering of our supermarket business, where we have asda taking on aldi and lidl, sainsbury's takes on aldi and lidl, sainsbury's takes on the more upmarket stores, but its all, like so much else in the business world, being driven by the fear of what amazon could do when it really starts seriously to attack the british grocery market. it's here is a tiny role currently, but it must have plans to come in and to provide us with all of our groceries, and, indeed, walmart, which owns asda, which would have a massive stake in this combined business, has seen its business model threatened by amazon, which now owns whole foods in america, so
hugely interesting story. to pick up on that, remember, walmart is american. so, if we are going into being outside the european union, we are overseas, so we being outside the european union, we are overseas, so we are in a situation, and don't put it past donald trump to come in and say, walmart should be favoured in this country in order to have a deal. a lot of that is going to be happening in relation to this country. it's going to change the landscape. we need to start thinking about how all of it is going to happen. walmart is a giant squid. it's losing market share in america. this is a frontier. tesco would be threatened. this isn't a done deal yet. sainsbury's is now, as they say in the city, in play, asda is in play, people might start saying, we could interrupt this cosy deal they are doing, and remember, there is a big
qatari investment in sainsbury's. do they like the shape of this deal? it will keep the business pages busy for the rest of the week. turning to the observer, we are back with politics, and it's an amber rudd moment again for the london mayor. you know, in the old days, and we are old enough to remember, people actually resigned over this, or something like this. what this boils down to is that this is the home secretary not just anybody, the down to is that this is the home secretary notjust anybody, the home secretary, who has actually put uk citizens at risk, in terms of their citizenship and everything else, for the honour of the country and the honour of the office, she should have offered her resignation immediately. it isn't about turning around and saying, i didn't know this. this isn't some sort ofjob. that's your view, and that's also
the view of the london mayor, and he changed his mind, because he wasn't asking for her resignation earlier, but he's changed his mind. that she hasn't is appalling. if theresa may accepted it, that's another thing, but that she didn't automatically do this... these are uk citizens under threat. this is appalling, absolutely appalling. hart she says she didn't have knowledge of the targets. that's not what it's about. the buck stops on her desk, and if she didn't know, that's her fault. the buck stops on her desk, and if she didn't know, that's her faultlj wonder if the real issue is, is the home office ungovernable, this massive labyrinthine organisation? there was an interesting piece by my colleague, matthew paris, about the operations of the home office, that nobody seems to know what anybody else's doing, there are all these factions, and that to be the minister of it is impossible. but you took the job. bonnie, you have
made your view clear, but the point of this is story is that they are playing party politics with this, both parties, because they are not doing what you are saying and saying, let's look at whether the department is unmanageable. this needs to be above it, that's my point. the bottom line is that uk citizens were under threat. their citizenship! and this is one of the basicjobs of the home secretary, to protect us. if she can't do that, she needs to step down, simple as that. we are running short of time, so one last word on that. interesting that sajid javid has been talking, the communities secretary, about his disquiet over this situation, so i don't think she is out of the woods yet. she has to a nswer is out of the woods yet. she has to answer some more questions to the select committee. the observer, the other story on their front page, this is depressing for young families, isn't it? homeownership plummeting across britain.
structural change is happening. people will be living in private rented accommodation for their whole lives. this whole idea that renting was a thing you did as a singleton and it was just a right of passage, then you bought your own home, but have we got the homes suitable for such households? and also, does this not expose the lack of social housing, on which many families used to rely? as in the united states, there is the idea of a home owning democracy. this is your goal as a human being in a democracy. this isn't going to happen for millennials, it'sjust isn't going to happen for millennials, it's just not, isn't going to happen for millennials, it'sjust not, and that's something that's going to shift policy, should be taken into account, and we can build homes, but we need to talk about this reality. and its own investigation into intergenerational fairness, and its own investigation into intergenerationalfairness, which does beg the question... and we are
living longer as well. it's something that i think will be uppermost in the minds at the local elections this week, because i think there is a lot of anger about the impossibility of getting onto the housing ladder, whether you are single or a family. just a quick word on the express. a message that we must charm donald trump. this is for the sake of walmart or something else? we've got to make nice to trump! the only way to charm trump is to make sure there is nobody in the street when he comes, or they are wearing hats and waving banners, he gets the gold coat and everything, but that ain't going to happen, so! everything, but that ain't going to happen, so i don't know