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Cabinet. From prison officer to pop star, mother of two Sam Bayley wins

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the X Factor after scooping more than a million viewers votes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Public Accounts Committee at the House of Commons over the summer

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

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

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departing executives. The report that is the culmination of those

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

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

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

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others there will be self-flagellation in public. What

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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India. The current International Development Secretary, I think her

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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massive gap. There are definitely very worthy individual committees in

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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did lots of surveys on EU membership. That generation is

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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quite worried about the aggressive language of politicians towards

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Eastern European migrants. That is another area that David Cameron

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

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

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are looking at the elderly generation. Pensioners face a bill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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with an attempt to undermine the sort of conservative domination of

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the older section of the population, suggesting that not all

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government proposals for that age group are necessarily workable.

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

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

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questions to answer tomorrow when the care bill comes before

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

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

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

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

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

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labour feeling that they are pulling the Government onto their territory

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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here on BBC News. At midnight, we have more on the funeral of Nelson

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Mandela in his home village earlier today. Coming up next, it is movie

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