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the Everly Brothers. Coming up, a special edition of capital

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reporters. Hello and welcome to our look ahead

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to what the papers are putting us tomorrow. I am joined by Emily

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Ashton and Eva Simpson. That's look at what they are bringing us on the

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Sunday papers. The Independent on Sunday has an exclusive with the

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Labour leader Ed Miliband, promising to close a loophole in the rules

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about agency workers. The paper also has strong image of high tides

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battering Aberystwyth. The Observer leads on labour condemning what it

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calls crass, ugly claims by education secretary Michael Gove

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about the First World War. The Sunday Times report David Cameron's

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pledging to protect pensions. The front page has a picture of a

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21-year-old student rescued in Aberystwyth after fears he was swept

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to see. The mail on Sunday has a story about the Church of England

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rewriting the words said by parents and godparents during christening

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ceremonies. They will no longer need to repent their sins during baptism.

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And the Sunday Telegraph has an end to pensions Lottery on the front

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page. Let's look at some of those stories. Starting with the weather.

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That is the big story, and for many people watching BBC News this

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evening, they asked a clearing up their homes after the first round of

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floods, with more to come. The front page of the Independent has a

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striking picture of the waves. I think looking at the pictures and

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watching the news this evening, it's hard to get a true picture of how

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devastating this is. As you say, people are still cleaning up from

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the storms over Christmas, and it has started all over again. Once the

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cameras go away and the TV crews go away, that's when they start

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counting the toll of what has happened in the homes. It's pretty

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devastating stuff. What I find quite scary is the people who haven't been

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heeding the warnings to stay away from the coasts and go along and try

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and take photos. It's incredible. There is a picture of a father with

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his toddler daughter... That was today! And it was a massive weight,

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it's frightening. You can see what people would do it easy these

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amazing waves and people getting very close to them, but it means

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rescue crews had to go in and make sure they are OK. We will see

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tomorrow that a photography student today got too close and had to be

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rescued, very silly. As you say, the pictures are dramatic and fantastic

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to look at but it's a good point behind those amazing pictures we're

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seeing. There is a real loss of belongings and homes. I can't even

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imagine. There was a big storm in November, high-powered wins, and my

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fence got blown over but what's offence? That can easily be put up.

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I can't imagine having all my family photos disappearing, all the things

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of real sentimental value. As long as people have good insurance to

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take care of things like fridges and televisions, it happened so

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infrequently, we can't imagine what impact it has. And Christmas as

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well. It's a loss of prisons that -- presents. Staying with the

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Independent, they have an exclusive with Ed Miliband. Immigration is

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clearly becoming the political topic. The topic of 2014, as well.

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Labour have suddenly made is a big issue. Labour would the government

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that let these new Eastern European countries that were joining the EU

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free access. Millions came over. They predicted a few thousand each

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year, and they realised that mistakes were made. Now they are

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saying, we understand your anxiety over immigration, you can trust us

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at the next election, we get your jobs are going to be squeezed by

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this. Now they are trying to prevent these overseas agency staff

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undercutting UK job-seekers. It might seem to many people too

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little, too late. Can that party still be trusted? That's what a lot

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of people will be thinking. It's interesting that Ed Miliband... That

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he is making this pledge today. At the Labour conference last year he

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made the same page, to stop cheap foreign workers coming into Britain.

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Though he has clearly seized on this as his election battle ground, it's

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an issue that he will continue to hammer until the next election. Do

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you think it is an election battle ground because of UKIP? Exactly.

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UKIP have put this at the centre of the agenda. Politicians have to be

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careful when they talk about this issue. UKIP would, wouldn't they?

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The main parties however have to be cute about it, it's a slippery

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slope, you can find yourself entangled in conversations about

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racism and so forth. Ed Miliband in this situation is seizing the

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story, but taking the race angle out of it will stop he is broadening it

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out. The other thing with UKIP is it is not just them against the Tories,

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there are a lot of Labour voters who are disillusioned with them who are

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turning to UKIP. Labour realise this and realise they have to counter

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this attack. But they are not going on the benefit claimants are coming

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over here, they are going on, people want to come here to work, we

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understand their need for work, but we understand the concerns of Brits.

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Ed Miliband in the article in the Independent says that put this into

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context, what he has anxiety over is the cost of living crisis. He is

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making a clear diversion away from it being a racist or even a benefits

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issue, it is about whether the schools and NHS can cope, whether

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the housing available can cope. He also says there is a loophole which

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allows a lot of these firms that employ overseas workers at a much

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lower rate, so if you run a business, it's going to be more

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competitive and economic all for you to employ people from overseas,

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that's an important point to make. If British workers are being

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squeezed out because of minimum wage, he is right to try and combat

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that. I remember when the Olympic site was first emerging in the East

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End of London, there were rules to implement, you had to live in

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certain east London postcodes. The idea was that jobs went to local

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people, but they didn't. Because they were going to Eastern Europeans

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who were moving into those areas, registering themselves, and getting

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jobs on the Olympic site. So this is a problem that has been going on for

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years. And you can't fault them for taking advantage of those rules,

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they work hard, it is the EU that has allowed them to do that. I

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suppose now David Cameron is renegotiating our links with

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Brussels, Theresa May has talked about a cap on migrant workers, this

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is a debate that needs to be had. Let's move on to the Sunday Times,

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it is beginning to feel like an election year although we're not

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quite there yet full stop the PM in a New Year cash giveaway is the

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headline. This is perhaps a sign of the confidence of the government

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that we are on a road to recovery. If you saw his New Year message, it

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was all about how 2014 is the year we hope we will turn a corner. We

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have had some tough years, with the recession, and now they are saying,

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this is the years of prosperity. I really think that this year... It

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does feel like it! It definitely does. The Sunday Times piece makes

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it clear that he is making a pledge to the elderly, who the Sunday Times

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say are more likely to vote, turnout on election day. So he is making a

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clear page to them in terms of the pensions giveaway, saying he will

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safeguard pension rises until 2020. Also hints that income tax for

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all... This is another election issue, it is money, how much we have

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of it and how much we need. Do you think that the Conservatives, the

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prime minister, is winning this battle? I think in terms of taxes,

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it's difficult, the only tax cut... A lot of people have been taken out

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of tax altogether but the one that has hit hard in terms of politics is

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this top rate of tax which has come down to 45p. That's only for people

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earning over ?150,000. So that includes that may be going down even

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more. I am not sure that is going to be an election winner for people

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trying to make ends meet. You are hardly going to be popular being a

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government in times of austerity. He is obviously choosing his people

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carefully, if he is further reducing the top rate of tax, he's going for

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the high earners. The Sunday Telegraph, an end to the pensions

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Lottery. What we're talking about here is some of the hidden charges,

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a crackdown on some of the jargon that traps people will stop there as

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that word annuity... This is the Sunday Telegraph with a piece about

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how Steve Webb wants to change the policy of annuities, where they pay

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their pensions into an annuity which then pays them a certain amount, but

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they are locked into them. He wants to change this so people can get

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better... That will appeal to a lot of people. There are also these

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charges, so when you retire, as I understand, there are charges to

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even get that annuity in the first place. Just below that story it is

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something about changes to this day pension. -- state pension. The

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triple lock system, that is definitely going to stay after the

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next election, that is what he is promising. That is really going to

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win over pensioners. The trouble is, it's the next generation of

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pensioners that will really suffer. Work until we drop! The Observer, a

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story about the big society. I think that's the first I have heard that

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in years. This is David Cameron's old speech writer, he is saying now

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that the policy is viewed as little more than an exercise in people

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eating up rubbish and running tombola Martin McGinley. This was a

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big idea when it launched. He was unable to get the message across

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when he launched it, David Cameron, nobody understood what the big

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society meant, volunteering, people are already volunteering. So what

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was he actually go to do to make it easier for people to volunteer?

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Everything seems to get lost. It became a bit of a joke. This guy is

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saying it has now become an exercise in picking up rubbish and running

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tombolas. I don't think we will be hearing much more about that! He

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also describes it as an inspiring. Uninspiring. David Cameron seems to

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be about community and coming together. He has had some success

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since the riots. The more you make public sector cuts, and he keeps

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harping about the big society. Basically saying there is no more

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money, take over and do it for free. His advisers have probably realised

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it is not going to go down well. Well we have run out of time. We

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will be back later for another look at some of the stories making the

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front pages. Do stay with us. Yet more storms and strong winds are on

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their way. Coming up next, it's Reporters.

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