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Hello, welcome to our look ahead at what the papers will be bringing us


tomorrow. With me are Hugh Muir, the diary editor at the Guardian, and


Deborah Haynes from the Times. The Independent is leading with news


that a trade deal could lead to UK companies being sued. The Daily


Telegraph quotes the Labour Leader are saying that the foundations of


the middle-class are being undermined by job in security and


worries about living standards. The Express is claiming that a spokesman


for the Prime Minister says that immigration was allowed to run out


of control before 2010. The Daily Mail says that children as young as


15 are to be allowed to watch films filled with obscene and which. The


Guardian is leading with a story claiming that a top police officer


is trying to force Channel 4 to hand over documents about the


whistle-blower who revealed that under cover offices spied on


relatives of Stephen Lawrence. The Times has a beaming picture of


Benedict Cumberbatch at the Golden globes in Los Angeles. But we are


not interested in that. Deborah Haynes, step up to the plate. Army


wastes millions on botched IT system, that is your lead story. It


is a story about a whole new recruitment programme for the army.


There has been a lot in the news about the plan to shrink the regular


army and build of the reserves. This story that we have got in


tomorrow's paper reveals just the scale of the IT fiasco that is


behind the recruitment side of things. Basically, the idea was that


they wanted to make army recruitment more efficient by making it online,


so that people could, instead of going to recruitment offices, sit in


their home and apply online. Lots of industries and businesses are doing


that, to save money? Exactly. The problem is, they spent ?15.5 million


on an IT system that doesn't work. Until they fix the problem, they are


wasting ?1 million per month, at a time when money is very scarce. We


are having to lose soldiers because we cannot afford to keep them.


Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, is thinking about having


to scrap the whole thing and pay ?48 million to a company to build


another IT system. OK, I suspect many people out there would be,


like, oh, no, another cock-up. As you say, another day, another IT


mess up. You can look at the universal credit problems they have


hard, HMRC, they have hard IT problems within the NHS. It does


seem that whenever the Government embark on a large IT project we end


up here, saying, what has happened, how can it have gone so wrong? I


wonder what kind of lessons you learn from that. Is it that these IT


projects are just too big? They go outside, contract them out and there


is a problem with the contracting process? At some point, it has been


said that there is just a kind of competence problem with the


Government and people wonder whether or not the Government actually has


control of Whitehall and would be able to manage the project is


properly. There is a specific instance here, about the MOD, about


the defence and soldier recruitment. It does seem to follow


a pattern that goes throughout the Government. We do show in the story


that the reason why this went wrong is because the army went with an


option to use a consortium of countries that are already


contracted by the MoD to provide information technology solutions,


instead of going with Capita, which it is thinking of going with now,


who had the ability and know how to produce the system that was needed.


Yes, it is another IT problem. But the impact, the effect of this,


means that recruitment targets are being missed. Because this whole


recruitment partnering programme, this whole plan to reform the way


that the army recruits soldiers is not fully commented yet, Capita,


which is in charge now, or in the lead, with partnership with the


army, an recruitment, is not being penalised for meeting the target


because it is not at full operating capability. The MoD is having to,


once again, cover the cost of failure. Well, the taxpayer is. The


taxpayer is, exactly. This chips away at the credibility. Every time


one of these fiascoes happen and people say, hang on, I thought we


were strapped for cash, I thought you were shrinking the army, you


seem to be trying to recruit people and you are not even doing that


properly. I think there is a cumulative effect of all of this. It


does not sound good, but one way the Army is trying to save money


according to the Daily Telegraph, that is to ask soldiers to use less


ammunition? Yes, an internal Army magazine has told troops to stop


firing unused ammunition at the end of exercises. Can you imagine how


you would feel if you were one of the soldiers, reading the story on


the front of the Times, and you read this, this is practical, what we


have to do as part of our job, and we are being told by people higher


up that we have to use less ammunition. Terrible timing. Of


course, they could not have known what Deborah and the Times was up


to. Again, it just chips away at the credibility. How much money is that


going to save, compared to the millions wasted at the IT system? It


does seem sensible, it says not to fire unused ammunition. Save a


couple of bullets for next time something. It just shows the level


to which they are having to scrimp and save to save any sort of money.


At the same time, haemorrhaging cash. Something needs to be done.


The big thing is, nobody is ever held responsible. People who fail in


the MoD get promoted. Why am I laughing? OK. Let's stick with the


Telegraph, actually. The top of it, interesting story, I can save the


middle classes. Ed Miliband suggesting that life for those in


the middle-class is proving very difficult at the moment? Yes, again,


he is returning to talking about the squeezed middle. Very much his


feeling for the election strategy is that he has two secure a sizeable


vote there. So, he is now saying that the middle-class face a crisis


of confidence over their living standards he obviously has his


private polling and it is telling him there is a problem. He has been


appealing to the squeezed middle, the middle classes. I'm not sure it


is working out as he hoped it would. That is why this is in the Daily


Telegraph. If you want that kind of vote, you go to the Tory heartland


to try to convince them on their own territory. But is Ed Miliband part


of the problem? He is reiterating a message that has been successful for


him, the squeezed middle. But he feels he has to push it up there


again because Labour are not getting the kind of traction in the polls


that perhaps they should be at this point in the Parliament? He is


touching on a point that is close to some of our hearts, life is really


expensive, especially if you have children and it is really hard to


make ends meet. You do worry about how you're going to afford to send


your children to university. It is something that is a really emotive


issue. Was really unimpressed with the string of policies that he is


supposed to be doing to fix the problem. The top one is, to link


benefit payments to employment history. How is that going to pay


for my children to go to nursery? Does not really answer the problem.


Well, you cut the bill. He's arguing if you have a history of work and


now you are on benefits, you will get more benefits. If you don't, it


will be cut. But there is no direct answer to the problem is that the


middle-class are facing. Here is his problem, on the front page of the


Guardian, an ICM poll that says he has dropped two points over the


month, now at 35%, just three points ahead of the Conservatives. That is


in our poll, I am sure he is doing his own private polling and he knows


that the lead that he had, which has never been a substantial one, and


his personal rating has not been healthy either, he knows that is


slipping, he knows he has to do something. Thus, stories like this


one that we see today in the Telegraph. Let's go onto the


Independent. UK sovereignty at risk from EU-US trade deal. What is this


about? At an interesting story, there is obviously this trade deal


that is going on. There is a concern that if it happens you are going to


be in a situation where multinational companies will be able


to sue a country if they don't like the sort of policies it is adopting.


It says this sort of thing is actually happening at the moment. It


gives a couple of good examples. Apparently, in Australia, it is


being sued by Philip Morris for introducing plain cigarette


packaging. In Canada, it is being sued by this US drugs firm for


revoking patterns on drugs, on the grounds that the benefits may have


been overstated. Two policies that the public would totally sympathise


with, but the worry is that it might penalise foreign investors. There is


a warning by MPs and pressure groups about the trade deal that is


currently being negotiated, as to whether the impact could be on the


UK, for example, as well, if we were to implement this policy. 200 groups


protesting, we do not have here exactly which they are. But it does


appear to be a critique coming from the left, which is quite unusual.


For the most part, when you hear criticism of the various works of


the EU and European Commission, it normally comes from the right. UKIP


are making great hay with that. There is a traditional scepticism


and concern about the reach of Europe, which has come from the


left. Way back in Labour history, that has been quite a respectable


opinion. We don't hear that much about it now. Theys on the right,


would they support a deal that seems to be beneficial towards big


business? Exactly. They probably would, wouldn't they? At the same


time, wouldn't they be angry about potentially being sued, potentially,


this country being sued by multinationals? That's why it could


take us into an interesting place, if you have this confluence of the


left and right. Both having different reasons to be unhappy with


the eyew, but both be -- EU, but both unhappy. The front page of the


Independent, this is an interesting story. The man who invented this


thing, the Kalashnikov, he went to his, not his priest, but local


church and said - I feel bad that I invented this thing. AK-47, what an


iconic weapon, used across the world for revolutions, for terrorists, all


sorts of reasons, such a cheap weapon, easy to use and has been the


cause of, you know, millions of deaths, would you say? I don't know.


It's very interesting that the man who, I presume became very rich off


the back of it... I don't think he did, actually. He did it for the


honour of the Soviet Union. This is the problem with invention, you


invent great things or terrible things for mankind much you never


know how it's going to turn out. If he hadn't invented AK-47s, someone


else would have invented something similar. But it is interesting. It


makes you wonder about people who invent weapons of mass destruction,


for example, whether they, how they feel. Oppenheimer regretted to his


dying day the invention of nuclear fission, and the atom bomb.


Interesting that the Orthodox Church decided it was going to release this


letter that he sent. Maybe it shows there's hope for us all. Even the


man who invented the killing machine. All right. OK. We're going


to end it there. Deb raw, Hugh, you're back at the top of the


Deborah, Hugh, you're back at the top of the next hour, in fact at 11.


30, an hour's time. At 11pm, we will have much more on our lead story,


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