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his future by Geoffrey Boycott. And we'll have all the action from the


league cup finals which have taken place this evening.


Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be


bringing us tomorrow. With me are Jenni Russell, columnist at The


Times, and Tim Collins, former speech writer to Margaret Thatcher


and now head of the political unit for the PR firm Bell Pottinger. The


Independent leads with questions over the death of Abbas Khan, the


British surgeon found dead in a prison cell in Syria.


prison cell The paper asks, why would he kill


himself? The Daily Mirror says Lord


Hanningfield is facing a police probe over clocking in claims but


the BBC understands The Met has yet to respond to calls from a Labour MP


to look into the allegations. The Telegraph says fracking is


planned for half of Britain under Government plans to increase the


search for shale gas. David Cameron is rushing through


curbs on access to benefits for Romanians and Bulgarians, according


to The Guardian. The Express says we're in the middle


of a house price boom and that the market is booming all over Britain.


The Mail claims that women over the age of 65 drink more often than the


under-40s. And The Times leads with the


conviction of a former headteacher of a prestigious prep school for


historic child sex offences. Many of the papers dominated by


Syria but also the story about migration. This is clearly the


government in a panic over what the British population will think when


the restrictions on Romanians and Bulgarians working here are lifted


on January one. They said a few months ago that they didn't think


they could do anything to restrict those benefits but we know


behind-the-scenes the policy unit and other people have been working


hard on proposals. Now Cameron has announced that when people arrive


here in January, instead of claiming benefits after one month, they will


wait three months. The other thing which is interesting is that I don't


know if you have seen coverage about the remaining Roma people begging --


Romanian Roma people begging. The border agency will now be able to


send an EU national back to their country and ban them for one year if


they have been found guilty of begging. That is a dramatic change


because up to now there has been nothing that they could do. Do you


get the feeling it has been rather leaving it a bit late? This is


clearly a panicked reaction because something like three quarters of the


British population say they are worried about the idea that migrants


may come for just the same reasons as Polish people did several years


ago. They look at pregnancy that wages are here -- they look at


Britain and see that wages are higher. If we had a similar


opportunity, wouldn't we take it? We gather that The Sun has a poll.


There was one published earlier this week that show that public opinion


is more nuanced. Although three quarters of people will say that if


people are coming year to pay taxes then they are perfectly fine. I


think what the Prime Minister is addressing is a small minority of


those who might be coming over here who are attracted by the strength of


the British welfare state. We are slightly different in that we don't


have a contribution record, like other European countries where you


have to have a record of contribution. The public are not


against any form of migration. They just welcome people who are here to


work. In The Telegraph, this headline, Cameron will block


benefits to EU migrants. Different but they have obviously all had the


same briefing. For once, The Telegraph is less friendly to the


Prime Minister than The Guardian. It says he wants to make the UK are


less attractive place for EU migrants. But The Guardian gives the


full quote. It finishes with EU migrants who want to live off the


state. I don't think it is as simple as that. There is a large minority


in Britain to whom UKIP appeals who don't want migrants to come even if


they are coming to work. There are people in society worried about


their culture or job rates being affected. The arrival of migrants,


hard-working and willing to work for lower wages, has undercut people's


labour power. People are worried about that. That point is picked up


in The Guardian. A Conservative MP says that if you're thinking about


economic rationality, minimum wage in Romania is about ?1 per hour. Why


wouldn't you want to move from one to the other. It has to be looked at


in the way that all these things are managed, what is the impact of those


who are low skilled and on low wages in the United Kingdom who may feel


they are missing out? It is possible to manage migration in a sensible


way. We can't carry on thinking either everybody in or nobody in. We


have to work out who will strengthen and improve public services and


economic strength. But there is a whole of questions about


infrastructure and skills and such. The Sun has the headline draw a red


line on immigration or else. The Sun, still Britain's biggest selling


newspaper, indicates that there are a large number of people who think


that people are only coming year to claim benefits. This is The Sun


hand-wringing to their readership which I find that unpleasant. It


seems to be saying foreigners are not welcome. I think it is


understandable that people worried about rapid change. I think people


are less concerned about the nature of people who are about to arrive so


much as protesting about what has happened and the last decade. It was


an extraordinary rate of immigration. Most of us dislike


change unless we have chosen it. To be fair to The Sun, it highlights


Romania and Bulgaria. What is is doing is linking this into the


renegotiation the Prime Minister says he wants to have about


Britain's status in Europe. One of the basic four freedoms of the


European Union is freedom of labour. The Prime Minister is saying that


there are a number of other countries, like the Germans, who are


concerned about the possibility that freedom of movement. These proposals


to curb it could be welcomed by other countries. So, a different


topic altogether. Plastic banknotes, according to The


Guardian, will come into use by 2016. Apparently the decision has


already been made by the bank. I am astonished by this. We now all have


to pay 5p for plastic bags at checkouts and now we are going to be


producing these hideous things. I suspect we might be more careful


with plastic banknotes. Yes, but we are adding to the total of plastic


in the world. Isn't there are arguments that they take more


handling than our paper not? So it is claimed. But what will it feel


like? We're talking about the second half of the second decade of the


21st century and we are talking about having paper currency at all?


We should be moving towards having it all done by a smart card and away


from cash. More and more shops and services are doing things


electronically. Why are they going on the assumption that we will still


be using cash? If you get your wallet stolen then you will be


awfully glad that the existence of cash and that you don't just have to


have this electronic medium. Well you won't get the cash in the wallet


back but you would be compensated for anything on your card. On to the


FT. This story says that everyone is trying to curry favour with Ukraine.


Russian deal with Ukraine, bloated EU. They say that the gas price has


been slashed and $15 billion bond pledge. I think across Europe, the


view has been taken that it is intolerable that the Russians are


leaning on the Ukrainians. I suspect that could be some bad things going


on in terms of internal democracy but I think we should look at it


sometimes from the other side's point of view. If the EU were to


expand and take in Ukraine, that would mean security guarantees would


go to include the Ukraine and later expand for the Ukraine. If you're in


Russia, the Ukraine is right next to Russia. It is a tremendous security


threats to them if they have NATO right up, absorbing Ukraine. And


people aren't that wild about Romanians and Bulgarians in the UK.


If we bring in Ukraine it's another 60 million people. Ukraine is more


or less equally divided between the Russians in the North who would like


to stay close to Russia and people in the South who suffered


appallingly under Stalin who are less keen on it. I think it is the


scale here of the bride Russia is offering. It is cutting the price by


one third at which it will sell gas. It is also reversing the ban on


Ukrainian imports, which is apparently one of the reasons the


Ukrainian economy went into decline. When Russia offer ideal to the


Ukraine, we call it a bribe but when the EU do it it is standard


commercial practice. This is why think it looks rather different from


Moscow. I think we take a view which has not really been justified by our


activities in the west of the last ten or 15 years that we have the


right to lecture other countries about national security. Cutting our


gas bills by a third... I think it is fascinating that unless they


hadn't been these protests in Ukraine wouldn't have had such a


good deal now. The Daily Mail headline - women over 65 are


drinking more often than the under 40s.


That's very surprising, isn't it? Is bigger blue possibly not. --


Possibly not. I would imagine most over 65 is our sitting there five


days a week with a glass of wine with dinner. They are not out there


in the streets hitting people and having drunken fights and being


taken home in ambulances, which is what tends to happen to the younger


age bracket. I really doubt some of these figures here. It says that 14%


of over 65s drink five times a week and only 2% of those aged 16 to 24


do. I think I know those 2%, in that case, so I don't know where the


others are! It's actually rather wonderful that the daily wail which


was running -- Daily Mail which a few years ago was running campaigns


about how terrible youth drinking was is now talking about the


grannies. And how young women are doing all right. I suspect, is


usually the case, it is about the difference between quantity and


frequency but I think above all, across all age groups, perhaps a bit


less would be good. The last story - great fun. The Telegraph - just say


no, it's not worth the trouble and strife. A study to assess weather


men sink into deep depression during a marriage where he had been asked


to obey every wish of his wife. That would depress any man or woman. You


are being turned into a slave. It was one man and one woman. My wife


is watching this so obviously, I always agree with everything she


says and I'm perfectly cheerful. Thank you very much to you both for


your input. Jenni Russell and Tim Collins.


Stay with us because at midnight, we'll have the latest on the search


for the missing teenager Jayden Parkinson. Police have cordoned off


a graveyard in Didcot. But coming up next, it's time the Sportsday.


Hello and welcome to Sportsday. I'm Katie Gornall. Our headlines this


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