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tv   The Papers  BBC News  January 23, 2022 11:30pm-11:46pm GMT

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hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. with me arejonathan walker, political editor at the birmingham mail, and henry zeffman, chief political correspondent at times. before we speak, let's have a look at the front pages. the metro quotes the ukrainian ambassador to the uk, who says his country will "fight to the death" if russia invades. meanwhile, the ft features comments from the us secretary of state, who suggests moscow's efforts to destabilise ukraine are "part of the russian playbook". the economic impact of covid on regional towns and cities is the main story for the yorkshire post. according to the telegraph, police at number ten have been questioned by the gray inquiry over what happened during lockdown. the mirror has the headline �*freezing' — shedding light on the victims of the growing energy crisis.
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the guardian runs with the row over the sacking of former minister nusrat ghani. the times says it fears �*russia will weaponise gas supplies�*, meaning record uk bills if ukraine is invaded. and finally, the mail reports the entire cabinet would back a tax hike delay to help those hit by the cost of living crisis, according to an unnamed minister. so, plenty to get through. let's start straight away. we will start this one with the guardian. the headline there, prime minister pulled into row over tory party islamophobia. that's the headline. number ten can deeds returns with borisjohnson. why don't you kick us off, henry? boris johnson. why don't you kick us off, henry?—
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off, henry? this is a row which has been dominating _ off, henry? this is a row which has been dominating westminster - off, henry? this is a row which has| been dominating westminster since last night when the sunday times revealed that nusrat ghani, a well—respected conservative mp and former minister, said she had been told by government in 2020 that the reason she was sacked, somewhat surprisingly, related to her being muslim. she's obviously a very serious charge. she didn't actually name the the whip in question but mark spencer, the chief whip, in charge of keeping discipline in the conservative party, identified himself as the whip in question, but also seriously denies the claim. but it's a real problem for boris johnson and the conservative party. the allegation itself is incredibly serious. but also, you have two
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members of the cabinet breaking ranks. to call to the inquiry. most damaging for borisjohnson, nusrat ghani saying she discussed this with him in 2020 and he didn't take it seriously. him in 2020 and he didn't take it seriousl . , g ., ., ., seriously. interesting. jonathan, ou were seriously. interesting. jonathan, you were nodding _ seriously. interesting. jonathan, you were nodding along. - seriously. interesting. jonathan, you were nodding along. what's| seriously. interesting. jonathan, - you were nodding along. what's your assessment? i you were nodding along. what's your assessment?— assessment? i think it's a real roblem assessment? i think it's a real problem for — assessment? i think it's a real problem for the _ assessment? i think it's a real problem for the prime - assessment? i think it's a real. problem for the prime minister. assessment? i think it's a real- problem for the prime minister. it comes_ problem for the prime minister. it comes on— problem for the prime minister. it comes on top of a whole series of issues _ comes on top of a whole series of issues he's — comes on top of a whole series of issues he's facing. the sue gray report, — issues he's facing. the sue gray report, and _ issues he's facing. the sue gray report, and concerns about the cost of living _ report, and concerns about the cost of living and — report, and concerns about the cost of living and allegations made last week_ of living and allegations made last week about tory whips. other people in boris _ week about tory whips. other people in borisjohnson's week about tory whips. other people in boris johnson's operation blackmailing mps supposedly. that was the _ blackmailing mps supposedly. that was the claim. this comes on top of everything _ was the claim. this comes on top of everything else and it is a big problem _ everything else and it is a big problem for the prime minister. the conservative party has been accused of islamophobia in the past, but i
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don't _ of islamophobia in the past, but i don't think— of islamophobia in the past, but i don't think we've ever seen a specific— don't think we've ever seen a specific allegation of this from a seasoned — specific allegation of this from a seasoned mp. if you recall a few years— seasoned mp. if you recall a few years ago. — seasoned mp. if you recall a few years ago, david cameron made a huge effort to— years ago, david cameron made a huge effort to try _ years ago, david cameron made a huge effort to try to change the party, the way — effort to try to change the party, the way it — effort to try to change the party, the way it was perceived to make it clear— the way it was perceived to make it clear that _ the way it was perceived to make it clear that the conservative party supported and wanted. in birmingham... a lot of work has been done _ birmingham... a lot of work has been done to— birmingham... a lot of work has been done to change the conservative party's _ done to change the conservative party's image, and this really... is not only— party's image, and this really... is not only a — party's image, and this really... is not only a problem for the current prime _ not only a problem for the current prime minister. if it's not dealt with, _ prime minister. if it's not dealt with. it — prime minister. if it's not dealt with, it could cause long—term problems— with, it could cause long—term problems for the conservative party perhaps _ problems for the conservative party perhaps going back to what people called _ perhaps going back to what people called it _ perhaps going back to what people called it the nasty party. let's stick with the problems facing number ten. this is to do with those alleged lockdown breaking parties.
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henry, seeing as it's your story, johnson still believes he broke the rules. , , , ~ rules. this is the big week, i think, finally. _ rules. this is the big week, i think, finally. that _ rules. this is the big week, i think, finally. that inquiry. rules. this is the big week, i - think, finally. that inquiry we've been here much about from that woman we've been hearing so much about. she is expected to publish her report into what was going on in downing street during this lockdown. i've been told borisjohnson has been calling mps and trying to shore up been calling mps and trying to shore up his support. he's totally defiant. on the basis that he believes in private that he did nothing wrong. he broke no rules. in the conversation in downing street and in borisjohnson's circles has turned from the question of what sue gray might say, to how they will respond. they're determined to on that narrative. get borisjohnson at
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the dispatch box in the house of commons within hours of the report being published for him to basically make the argument that the report shows he doesn't have to resign as prime minister. he tried to move the agenda on on find a way to begin the process. thus the plan.— process. thus the plan. that's a fascinating insight _ process. thus the plan. that's a fascinating insight into - process. thus the plan. that's a fascinating insight into the - process. thus the plan. that's a | fascinating insight into the plan. we are sticking with the same story. number ten police questioned. this is an interesting twist. the police officers who ask the questions. jonathan, it's the other way around here. �* . . jonathan, it's the other way around here. �* , , ., ., jonathan, it's the other way around here. �*, , ., ., ., here. there's been a lot of speculation _ here. there's been a lot of speculation over _ here. there's been a lot of speculation over what - here. there's been a lot of i speculation over what report here. there's been a lot of - speculation over what report sue gray will— speculation over what report sue gray will deliver. a lot of people said she's — gray will deliver. a lot of people said she's a civil servant, it will hem _ said she's a civil servant, it will hem it's— said she's a civil servant, it will hem it's not— said she's a civil servant, it will be... it's not going to point the finger— be... it's not going to point the finger or blame anybody. but there's
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a sense _ finger or blame anybody. but there's a sense that it may be a little more interesting. — a sense that it may be a little more interesting, and this telegraph story— interesting, and this telegraph story suggests she's been speaking to who _ story suggests she's been speaking to who knows who is coming in and what's _ to who knows who is coming in and what's going on. and being more than happy— what's going on. and being more than happy to— what's going on. and being more than happy to provide her with information. so, it looks like it will be — information. so, it looks like it will be a — information. so, it looks like it will be a really interesting read when _ will be a really interesting read when it — will be a really interesting read when it comes out. the telegraph quotes— when it comes out. the telegraph quotes somebody, if i can find it here. _ quotes somebody, if i can find it here. that — quotes somebody, if i can find it here, that they suggest if boris johnson — here, that they suggest if boris johnson is still prime minister by the end — johnson is still prime minister by the end of— johnson is still prime minister by the end of the week, they would be very surprised. so, they seem to suggest — very surprised. so, they seem to suggest sue gray will have something really interesting and possibly guite — really interesting and possibly quite damning to say about the prime minister. _ quite damning to say about the prime minister, and once a report is published, all those mps will wait for sue _ published, all those mps will wait
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for sue gray's report before deciding _ for sue gray's report before deciding whether or not they have... that's_ deciding whether or not they have... that's a _ deciding whether or not they have... that's a sort— deciding whether or not they have... that's a sort of make or break moment— that's a sort of make or break moment for them. they have to make a decision— moment for them. they have to make a decision and _ moment for them. they have to make a decision and decide if they want boris _ decision and decide if they want boris to— decision and decide if they want boris to stay or not. we decision and decide if they want boris to stay or not.— decision and decide if they want boris to stay or not. we don't have lona to boris to stay or not. we don't have long to wait. _ boris to stay or not. we don't have long to wait. it _ boris to stay or not. we don't have long to wait, it seems. _ we're going to stick with politics. the daily mail, big headline about tax rises, entire cabinet would back a tax hike delay. why is this, henry? a tax hike delay. why is this, hen ? . . a tax hike delay. why is this, hen ? , , ., ., , a tax hike delay. why is this, hen? ., , henry? this is one of the big rows aside from — henry? this is one of the big rows aside from parties _ henry? this is one of the big rows aside from parties that _ henry? this is one of the big rows aside from parties that is - henry? this is one of the big rows aside from parties that is going i henry? this is one of the big rows aside from parties that is going to i aside from parties that is going to shake the conservative party in government over the next few weeks and months. you'll remember that last year, borisjohnson and rishi sunak and sajid javid announced this effective doubling of national insurance to fund a social care. it will fund additionally the nhs. and
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a lot of conservative mps, including cabinet members, were a bit wary of this at the time. but this shows how political power it wanes, because borisjohnson was... the fact political power it wanes, because boris johnson was... the fact that he wanted this tax rise meant that it had to happen. i now think opponents see in borisjohnson's weekend positioned an opportunity to maybe stop it before it comes into effect. what we have here is an unnamed minister —— weakened position. claiming the whole cabinet would be ok with that. but it's certainly true that a lot of conservatives and ministers believe that the tax burden under boris johnson is becoming too high, and might try to use his current weakness as an opportunity to nudge that back more.— we're going to nudge away from the next sick politics and onto
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international news. —— domestic politics. the front page of the next —— mastro. this is clearly about ukraine. —— metro. -- mastro. this is clearly about ukraine. -- metro.— -- mastro. this is clearly about ukraine. -- metro. well, currentlyl 100,000 russian _ ukraine. -- metro. well, currentlyl 100,000 russian troops _ ukraine. -- metro. well, currentlyl 100,000 russian troops are - ukraine. -- metro. well, currently i| 100,000 russian troops are massed ukraine. -- metro. well, currently i - 100,000 russian troops are massed on ukraine _ 100,000 russian troops are massed on ukraine borders. there's a lot of speculation that russia is planning to invade — speculation that russia is planning to invade rick crane. —— ukraine. uiuainians— to invade rick crane. —— ukraine. ukrainians would fight to the death of russian and invade. in other words. _ of russian and invade. in other words, they're saying if russia does attempts _ words, they're saying if russia does attempts to raid, this will be a proper— attempts to raid, this will be a proper full—scale war in which many people _ proper full—scale war in which many people will— proper full—scale war in which many people will die. to some extent, you nfight— people will die. to some extent, you might expect ukrainians to say this because _ might expect ukrainians to say this because they're trying to stop russia — because they're trying to stop russia from invading. we can't
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really— russia from invading. we can't really know what's going to happen. what we _ really know what's going to happen. what we do know is the uk is involved _ what we do know is the uk is involved in this to some extent. we have sent _ involved in this to some extent. we have sent arms to the ukraine and advisers _ have sent arms to the ukraine and advisers to— have sent arms to the ukraine and advisers to train ukrainian troops. uk government has said we will not send forth— uk government has said we will not send forth those, —— forces, but we will be _ send forth those, —— forces, but we will be creating on the side of one of the _ will be creating on the side of one of the parties in this war because it takes— of the parties in this war because it takes place. just of the parties in this war because it takes place-— of the parties in this war because it takes place. just very briefly on this story- — it takes place. just very briefly on this story- we _ it takes place. just very briefly on this story. we have _ it takes place. just very briefly on this story. we have to _ it takes place. just very briefly on this story. we have to move - it takes place. just very briefly on this story. we have to move on. i it takes place. just very briefly on | this story. we have to move on. if the attention wasn't on number ten, this would be a story of their agenda. to this would be a story of their arenda. ., , ., ., agenda. to be fair, the government has been putting — agenda. to be fair, the government has been putting out _ agenda. to be fair, the government has been putting out a _ agenda. to be fair, the government has been putting out a lot - agenda. to be fair, the government has been putting out a lot about. has been putting out a lot about ukraine. a significant message from the secretary, but you're absolutely right. the government is not getting
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as much bandwidth about this issue. we will have our coverage of it. let's move onto yorkshire post. the headline is scaled economic damage to region revealed. this is clearly talking about the aftereffects of covid—i9. the yorkshire post is focusing a report— the yorkshire post is focusing a report by— the yorkshire post is focusing a report by the think tank, which looks— report by the think tank, which iooks at— report by the think tank, which looks at the impact of covid—19 on towns _ looks at the impact of covid—19 on towns and — looks at the impact of covid—19 on towns and cities across the country. inciuding _ towns and cities across the country. inciuding in— towns and cities across the country. including in yorkshire. they report that shopping centres lost 39 weeks of sales— that shopping centres lost 39 weeks of sales in— that shopping centres lost 39 weeks of sales in the upset of omicron, basically— of sales in the upset of omicron, basically they have been really hard hit by _ basically they have been really hard hit by covid and by lockdowns. and by the _ hit by covid and by lockdowns. and by the omicron variant, which hit the country— by the omicron variant, which hit the country this year. it's had a
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devastating impact on the big city shopping — devastating impact on the big city shopping centres, birmingham, london. — shopping centres, birmingham, london, manchesterand shopping centres, birmingham, london, manchester and stopping centres _ london, manchester and stopping centres in — london, manchester and stopping centres in yorkshire, too. it has a bil centres in yorkshire, too. it has a big impact— centres in yorkshire, too. it has a big impact on the wider economy. basically. — big impact on the wider economy. basically, the impact on people's lives _ basically, the impact on people's lives has — basically, the impact on people's lives has been... and they're still reckoning — lives has been... and they're still reckoning with that. but what this report— reckoning with that. but what this report shows is the impact on the economy — report shows is the impact on the economy it — report shows is the impact on the economy. it will take a long time. and you _ economy. it will take a long time. and you get the feeling that we will see plenty more reports like this in the weeks, months and years to come. absolutely. i think as we are beginning, hopefully, to emerge from the very worst of covid, it is still not fully clear how long—lasting the economic consequences and
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devastation in so many areas will be. and as this... there will be g a derivable disparity. be. and as this. .. there will be g a derivable disparity.— finish off with the guardian. it's a wonderful photo ofjust r dern and fiance, and this is the prime minister of new zealand. tell us why she might not be so happy at the moment ——jacinda she might not be so happy at the moment —— jacinda ardern. she moment -- jacinda ardern. she dela ed moment -- jacinda ardern. she delayed her— moment —— jacinda ardern. she delayed her wedding because of covid restrictions. it's a shame that it is a wonderful photograph, and it brings— is a wonderful photograph, and it brings a — is a wonderful photograph, and it brings a bit of cheek. it's a wonderful photo. | brings a bit of cheek. it's a wonderful photo. brings a bit of cheek. it's a wonderful hoto. , , , .,, wonderful photo. i suppose she has to obey the — wonderful photo. i suppose she has to obey the rules _ wonderful photo. i suppose she has to obey the rules just _ wonderful photo. i suppose she has to obey the rules just like _ wonderful photo. i suppose she has to obey the rulesjust like anyone . to obey the rules just like anyone else. to obey the rules 'ust like anyone else. �* , , , .,
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else. absolutely. there will be no shorta . e else. absolutely. there will be no shortage of— else. absolutely. there will be no shortage of people _ else. absolutely. there will be no shortage of people drawing - else. absolutely. there will be no i shortage of people drawing parallels to the british situation. our prime minister got married during covid as well, during a period of eased restrictions, but yes.- restrictions, but yes. great! indeed! thank _ restrictions, but yes. great! indeed! thank you - restrictions, but yes. great! indeed! thank you both - restrictions, but yes. great! | indeed! thank you both very restrictions, but yes. great! - indeed! thank you both very much. expertly grinding us through the front pages. —— mike guiding us. thank you. that's it for the papers tonight. coming up next, it's the film review. hello, and a very warm welcome again to the film review on bbc news. to take us through this week's cinema releases, mark kermode again. hi, mark. hello. we are fully into award season... yes!
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