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all the rugby union results, as well as a look ahead to the weekend's FA


Cup third round. All that and more in 15 minutes after the papers.


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


us tomorrow. With me are Alison Phillips, editor of the Mirror


Weekend, and freelance Parliamentary correspondent Rob Merrick. Both of


you refreshed from the festive break. The front pages.


David Cameron's apparent frustration at the lack of female Conservative


candidates for the next election is the Independent's lead story.


The Daily Mail says GPs are being paid ?1500 a shift to work nights


and weekends in overstretched A departments.


The Financial Times highlights seven US technology firms which paid just


?54 million in corporation tax in 2012.


"Mad Dad" is the headline on the Mirror. It shows a father and


daughter almost swept away by a 20-foot wave in Cornwall.


The Sun says Only Fools and Horses is set to make a comeback to our TV


screens. The Daily Telegraph leads on a


warning from the Business Secretary, Vince Cable, that rising house


prices could cause another property bubble.


The Times says developers could be allowed to destroy ancient woodland


if they agree to plant 100 trees for each one felled.


And The Guardian says that the increasing number of people with


long-term medical problems is threatening to overwhelm the NHS.


That is where we will start, with the Guardian and the cost of


long-term care. 70% of the budget, is the subheading, goes to


conditions like heart disease and diabetes. I suppose part of this is


because we have an ageing population. Yes, and in years to


come we will find we have an ageing population but also a population


leading a more unhealthy lifestyle. Some of the diabetes illness is


related to obesity, so there will be twin problems for the NHS to cope


with. At the moment, we just can't see much hope that it is equipped to


deal with this problem. Every day we hear more stories from A that it


is creaking under the pressure. This says the NHS will have to have a


rethink about how it cares for these patients. Short of casting them


adrift, I do not know what that means. The interview does not


provide answers. It is with somebody in charge of coping with people with


long-term conditions for the NHS. It seems familiar because we have read


this story many times but the figures are stark. 70% of the NHS


budget goes on people with long-term conditions. I was struck by the


quotes which give it the extra bite because the doctor says, he would


say to the health care equivalent of climate change, which makes you


think. It makes the point that lifestyle factors are reckoned to be


part of the problem - smoking, drinking, overheating. Once you have


developed diabetes of that sort through poor lifestyle, that is it.


It is not going away. You can manage it but there is no cure. There are


also societal issues, in that 1500 years ago, people would be cared for


with their families. Now that has changed. There are also issues about


the form of care from GPs. Many of those patients are shunted into


hospital. There seem to be a lot of stalls in the health service and


care homes, and these poor patients are slipping between the gaps. The


suggestion is that GPs will have to take up the slack, but the way GPs


operate, the way we access care, often through a GP, that will have


to change to accommodate this. GPs have increasing independence under


the changes the government has made so I do not know how easy it will be


to persuade or force them to change how they operate. One of the


criticisms of the government's health changes is that they


concentrated on opening up the NHS to the private sector. Many critics


would say that that missed the real target, this crisis which is about


over one the NHS. There has been a suggestion that people would not get


treatment if they did not change their habits. If they were a smoker


they would be expected to stop smoking before they would get a lung


transplant. There have been those suggestions, but in reality, is it


going to happen? We are now looking at situations where pretty much from


birth, even from pregnancy, you have babies being born witch doctors know


will be prone to diabetes and obesity later in life. These are


huge problems across society and it is a much bigger thing than just the


NHS to deal with. Society will have to deal with these problems.


Childhood obesity, schools try to talk about it but it is not schools


that provide the food morning, noon and night. It is bigger than food.


It is about exercise and people's feelings of self-worth. I will just


echo that. I am not sure anyone has the answers. This story is trying to


put it on the agenda. White crow just another NHS story we are


reading about. Staying with the Guardian. We did not mean to go to


see, is the headline here. This is the picture of two people who you


can probably see. They look quite happy, really. Two residents of Shaw


in West Sussex, watching as the river rises around their home. It is


a fantastic picture because they look like they are on a boat.


Extraordinary. There are any number of striking pictures. My favourite


was someone who sent in photos of a 1p coin and the hailstones were


bigger than that. But that is not as serious as the situation facing


these two. If they are managing to watch, you look remarkably cheerful.


Elsewhere, we saw the picture of a man holding his child as the waves


came crashing in. There have been pictures which have shown the


severity of the storms. People taking risks. The one thing we are


advised not to do is to head to the coast and look at the waves, and yet


people choose to do that. There are nine severe warnings, meaning a


threat to life. The experts say the biggest threat to life is people who


treat it as a tourist attraction and put themselves in the way of the


waves. He does not hold much appeal to me, I have to say. I am happy to


watch from the TV studio. Let's have a look at the Independent.


Conservatives snub female candidates, says an exclusive indie


Independent. Fewer than one in three women have been selected so far in


Tory constituencies, a frustration for Cameron, we understand. This is


an ongoing problem for the Prime Minister who does not seem to be


able to get out of this problem. It is often said he has a problem with


women, they must be having said to a Labour MP, calm down, dear. He has


been criticised as being sexist. And he has a huge political problem, in


that Labour's poll lead is largely explained by women voters switching


to labour and turning away from the Conservatives. One way to win them


back might be to increase the female representation in powerful


positions, but this says that if the Conservatives do badly at the next


general election he would end up with fewer women MPs. The


composition of Cabinet is lacking. He has just about managed to get in


more women than people who have been to Eton. Just about. It is a bit


rich for him to be going on about activists not doing enough to


Anchorage women. He is the boss and has to lead by example. If he


believes he wants to have an equal Cabinet and an equal number of Tory


MPs, he has to show through policy-making that that is what he


believes. Could it be there are not enough women coming forward of the


right quality? But then why not? Because they obviously feel they are


not required, not wanted. There is a feeling that Conservative


associations would still rather pick a man. That is the traditional way.


Is that the case, or are we buying into a stereotype? Stereotypes are


there for a reason. Plenty of women have come forward but remarkably few


end up making it. There are only four of the 27 members of the


Cabinet who are women, which is scandalously low, of course. The


Prime Minister has taken to inviting ever more people to attend Cabinet


on particular days, to bump up the number of women. That is a valid


point. If you have a small number of women in Cabinet, that sends a


message to grassroot activists that actually, we will have a few women


to make it look OK, windowdressing, but we do not really believe in it.


Is there not an issue about who would want to be an MP for the


reputational reasons, that MPs get criticised a lot, and also the hours


that they keep? Many women... They have maybe hours more child


friendly. If you look at the statistics, you have more Labour


women MPs than conservatives. It cannot be purely about that and must


be something about the way they are operating. It is not regarded as


desirable. Often women decide to quit, perhaps less because of the


hours and more about the way that Parliament operates. Everybody has


seen Prime Minister 's questions, and it is so match and appeals less


to women. Then there is the idea of positive discrimination, having


quotas, which many women are uncomfortable with. They want to be


picked because they are the best, not because of their gender. The


first issue should be that if as a party they are putting forward women


friendly policies and have a proper attitude towards women, away from


the calm down, dear, mentality, which seems pervasive, that should


be the first step. If they truly do want to do something about it.


Ancient woods face axe in drive for homes. Government plan to offess


loss of habitat, the idea that if you fell one tree in an ancient


woodland a developer would have to plant 100 others to replace it.


Ancient woodland, of course, dear to our hearts and with environmental


reasons for good cause. We are reading about property prices and


how the price of an average property has gone up yet again, so we're


under pressure to build more houses. Yes, ancient woodland is something


that really touches people's hearts. The last time I was here I got


ticked off by somebody for suggesting that ancient woodland


might have to go to make sure for a train line. I will be more careful


this time. I thought it was a striking story that you could fell


ancient trees, you know, simply by planting new ones. I suppose I find


that surprising. I certainly think it's going to be politically


dangerous for the Government. Everybody remembers that one of the


most high-profile U-turns the Government has made was over the


sale of woodland, of course. That was perhaps the first time there was


a huge internet campaign, massive groundswell of opinion against that


which forced the Government to think again. That was over the issue of


woodland. Keep being told that Britain is one of the least wooded


countries in Europe, with the land that's not under ancient woodland,


can't we find somewhere else to build houses? It's terribly sad.


It's not just the number of trees you'd be losing, it is the part of


the history of that area. It's the part of the story of what that area


has given to its local community and its local area. Once that has gone,


that's gone forever. Yes, you'd get the same number of trees, by


offsetting and planting elsewhere, but you're never going to recreate


that history and that environment and all the natural habitat that's


been in there for 400 years. Since 1600. And the biodiversity, the


Flora and fauna that makes its home there. But we have a massive problem


with house prices but there are brown field sites that need to be


looked at and land owners holding onto land that need to be looked at.


Let's look at the Sun: It makes you smile the most you read this


headline: Lovely jubly, TV exclusive says the Sun, Only Fools to return.


Clearly the BBC thinks that there is an audience out there to bring it


back. I get two emotions. The first, the warm glow that everybody feels,


almost everybody's favourite programme and it would be great if


it returned. I read that The Script will be read by John Sullivan's son,


John is the creator, so we can only hope that The Script writing genius


is genetic there. The second emotion is worry that most reunions don't


end happy. Monty Python, everybody is a bit uneasy about that. When the


Stone Roses reformed people were queuing to get out of the gig early.


The conditions inside. Would you be happen why I to see them back? I


think the last two Christmas specials they did, they weren't as


funny, towards the end. When people think about only fools and horses,


the great moments when he fell through the bar hatch, they were


just hillarious and whether you could match that, who knows. , it


ain't what it used to be. We'll see. It will be on TV in the spring,


we're told. That's the papers for this hour. Allison and Rob will be


back again with us at 11. 30pm for another look at the stories making


the front pages. Now on BBC News, it's time for Sportsday.


And welcome to Sportsday. I'm Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes. Waking up to a


whitewash? England will resume day two of the final Ashes Test in under


an hour's time, 318 runs behind Australia. It's Arsenal v Tottenham


in a big weekend of FA Cup action.


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