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Hello and welcome to the look ahead at what is in the papers tomorrow.


We will start with the times. It says BBC executives where paid


millions of pounds in Sweden is because of a culture of cronyism.


The Daily Mail has a picture of Peter O'Toole who has died at the


age of 81. The main story on the front page is that the UK is still


giving China millions of pounds in aid. In the Independent, reports


that young people are keen on remaining members of the EU. In the


daily Telegraph, claims that pensioners could spend ?150,000 in


care before the Government foots the bill. In the Guardian, Eric Miliband


will try to solve the UK housing crisis. -- Ed Miliband. You would


think that there is an election on! A few policy pieces. We will start


with the BBC and the report by the committee of MPs, looking into the


culture of pay-outs by the BBC. What are they telling us? It is another


day and another BBC story. Viewers will remember the hearings of the


Public Accounts Committee at the House of Commons over the summer


were a series of BBC executives were in the hot seat as they were grilled


by MPs over huge payoffs in some cases that have been made to


departing executives. The report that is the culmination of those


hearings is out tomorrow. The Times is really going for it. What I think


will be interesting is how the BBC response. I would expect, having


watched the BBC face a series of criticisms from the committee and


others there will be self-flagellation in public. What


will be interesting is what happens behind-the-scenes and whether that


gets ignored or if the director-general and the chairman of


the BBC trust decide that now is the time to really draw a line under it


and stop the bad headlines and move on. There is more reading for the


BBC to do. In a a few ways, they have already reacted. The new


director-general has been very critical of the payments and has put


a cap on severance pay. That has already taken place. I expect that


would be exactly the approach is BBC will take tomorrow. It would be a


very difficult day for them. They will be able to say, we have taken


some action and we have taken some action and we're not where we were.


A lot of pressure on Lord Paul, I think. And also on points out, he


was responsible for agreeing a knot of the severance payments. He is in


New York at the new York times. There have been many questions


following him there about his time at the BBC. That will all raise its


head to morrow. None of this is new. It is relaunched by the Public


Accounts Committee with their report. -- its head tomorrow. The


Times has gone for it in a very full-blooded way. The Daily Mail has


got it as well but not quite as big. In a way, we have to interpret the


way the Times has done it. They do have a dog in this race and they are


not very keen on the BBC. Just before we move on, do you think the


one good thing that comes out of times in this territory is the focus


of how public money is spent? We have had banks that we have also had


the NHS, the BBC and politicians themselves. I think that is true. I


also think that Margaret Hodge, the chairwoman of the committee has to


take particular credit or blame, depending which side of the fence


you sit on, her style is very assertive and she does not shy away


from taking coal industry is in fact, but also individuals, and


almost turning them into public enemy number one. -- taking whole


industries. Why are we giving China ?27 million in aid? They say we are


giving China millions of pounds even though they are so wealthy they have


just sent a rocket to the moon. Official figures revealed that


Britain gave Beijing 27.4 million last year. I think you can go


through the aid budget and pick out cases like this. It is pretty


difficult to justify that. I think one must be careful about generally


criticising the budget in its entirety. In a lot of cases, you


need to ask yourself, what is aid for? In some cases, it is just to


help the poor and to help countries develop. In this age as well, a lot


of the budget is about influence and making sure that Britain has some


influence in the world. The other leaders were used to pull just do


not work any more. Aid is one of them. It is a difficult argument to


make in a time of austerity. I do think it is one that should be made


in a sensible debate. We have a history of supporting financially


fairly wealthy countries. We have given aid to Russia, China and


India. The current International Development Secretary, I think her


first key policy announcement, is that our foreign aid to India. In


2015. She has also said it. To South Africa. She was criticised at the


time to making policy on the basis of pressure from Conservative MPs,


like Peter Bone, who was quoted in this article. He was sceptical about


why we were spending so much British money, especially in times of


austerity, on wealthy countries. She nevertheless pressed ahead. I


suspect we might see more countries on the list. David Cameron was in


China recently asking for them to invest in Britain. That is one of


the things that aid is going on in China, for economic development. I


was in China with George Osborne recently. I really noticed that it


is the second wealthiest economy in the world but that wealth is hugely


concentrated on urban areas. The divide is not much between rich and


poor in the cities, it is the urban wealthy and the rural poor. It is a


massive gap. There are definitely very worthy individual committees in


the Chinese countryside. The argument is, why doesn't the wealthy


elite channel some of that money to other parts of the country? You will


find those countries in which we feel we can exercise some influence


will keep their aid. I do not think we will continue to throw good money


after bad. I think we may be more thoughtful about it but we will


still use it as that lever. In the Independent, young people want the


UK to stay in Europe. We did not think would be reading that headline


- ever. Do you think this is a generation gap we are looking at?


Young people have grown up with Britain being in the EU. Is it a


surprise? Are you surprised by it? I remember in my days of newsround, we


did lots of surveys on EU membership. That generation is


probably the generation we're at now. They got it. We did a whole


tour of EU countries. They knew why we were doing it. Young people


travel and they will feel a lot of the archaic views they hear... That


is what I mean. Is it a generation gap? Now you can leave school at 16


and hopefully go and work anywhere within the European Union, not


anywhere within Britain. It is the generation that will have welcomed


the arrival of huge numbers of Eastern European, in particular, but


EU migrants in general in the midnight in 90 's. We have grown up


in schools with Polish kids and parents working with Italians and so


on. We are much more Europhile in our attitudes. At school you have


lessons about how the EU works. Is this a generation which will vote as


to whether we're in or out? X Factor got votes. I was astonished to hear


that. I think we are quantifying the situation we knew existed. It


probably is not a huge surprise. There will be a problem for David


Cameron. He needs to play this very carefully. The Tories want a younger


vote. That is part of what they have been trying to achieve. Can he


continue to sound as shrill as he does in Europe? I am not sure he


can. Also, it is also said in this survey that the young people are


quite worried about the aggressive language of politicians towards


Eastern European migrants. That is another area that David Cameron


needs to tackle but he needs to be very careful. He will repel this


young vote that he will need. Let's move on to the daily Telegraph. We


are looking at the elderly generation. Pensioners face a bill


of ?150,000. If that is the case, that will be pretty shocking. It was


a bout -- about half that. The Government promised to cap it at


?72,000. They have not included the cost of hotel and accommodation and


cost of living, which are obviously key elements of any care package.


That would suggest the overall bill will be a lot higher and Labour is


claiming the average bill would be ?150,000 over five years. The


promise brought in by the gun was to prevent people having to raise funds


by selling their homes. -- by the Government. It appeals to those who


are much more likely to vote. Labour has produced these figures, possibly


with an attempt to undermine the sort of conservative domination of


the older section of the population, suggesting that not all


government proposals for that age group are necessarily workable.


Charities like Age Concern suggest it was a myth that pensioners were


more protected against the costs they face. The Government will have


questions to answer tomorrow when the care bill comes before


Parliament. It can be anything up to ?600 a week to stay in a care home.


This is a good bit of business for Labour. This is a scary headline. On


the daily Telegraph front page, right in the Tory heartland, what


will now happen is that Tory ministers will need to respond to


this. If you look at it politically, it is another case of


labour feeling that they are pulling the Government onto their territory


and forcing the Government to try and stop them from setting the


agenda. It is a very political day in terms of some of the stories on


the front pages today. Labour will be very pleased with this. I hear


everything you are saying. I hear the political agenda. A lot of


people will be watching. This is a big issue - a big problem. Any


politician I can find an answer to it will win a lot of votes. The


reality is that the state cannot afford, the councils in particular,


local authorities cannot afford care bills for everyone. People have come


around to accepting that they have to contribute to their own care


costs if they can afford it. It is about what seems the fairest way in


terms of individual incomes and support from the state. If you are


in a big house that has increased in value over the years, should it be


up to you to sell it? Children, who sometimes have to pick up... I say


children, middle-aged people who have to pick up parents care bills,


they will think it is about inheritance. It is very emotive.


Thank you for taking us through the papers. A really wide selection of


stories are all connected. Many thanks to my guests. Do stay with us


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