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latest from Lewis Hamilton and the crash he had interesting today.


That's all from Sportsday in 15 minutes after the papers.


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


bringing us tomorrow. With me are Peter Kellner, chairman of the


pollster Yougov, and political commentator Lance Price. Let's have


a look at some of the pages now. The Independent features a picture of


flood water on the Somerset Levels. The caption says "how Defra ignored


the warnings of flood disaster to save money". The paper also has the


latest from the phone hacking trial. The front page of the Telegraph


shows a picture of France's former first lady Valerie Trierweiler in


India.The paper leads though on its report that the number of elderly


patients having to go into A - has doubled in five years - because of a


lack of confidence in out-of-hours GPs. The paper leads on the report


that the number of elderly patients going into A has doubled in the


last five years was of a lack of confidence in GPs.


The Financial Times leads on revelations from Barclays bank that


its chief executive intends closing a quarter of its UK branches. The


whole front page of the Daily Mail is dedicated to the outrage being


felt by flood victims who feel they've been abandoned to the


elements by officials. The Metro reports that drinking too much


increases your risk of developing a particularly deadly form of skin


cancer. A strong image on the cover of the Guardian of an Afghan child


refugee - it's lead story, though, reports that MPs have received legal


advice warning that mass spying programmes by GCHQ are "probably


illegal". Finally, the Daily Mirror claims Scotland Yard detectives


investigation the Madeleine McCann abduction are set to arrest three


men. We are going to start with the


Independent. The stories about the Syrian refugees, and there was


pressure building on the Government but even Nigel Farage. Yes, over


Christmas he said he thought Britain should take its share. The Deputy


Prime Minister is trailing the story. Whether it will take its


share, I think we are taking a share, a pretty small share compared


to some of our European partners, which is not to take away from the


efforts that the UK government are quite rightly making to help


refugees in the region, and a lot of the refugees are better helped in


the region rather than taking them out, and that is great but there are


those very vulnerable ones who have to be taken out of the region and


helped. It just disappoints me that the whole debate about immigration


in this country makes it difficult for the Government even to concede


this much. Is there any polling on this, given the toxic debate about


immigration at the moment? What are the public think about Syrian


refugees coming here? We polled this last week and we found that people


on balance don't want Syrian refugees here, but by a narrower


margin than any other. I think in reality people will not be appalled


when it happens, and a couple of days ago David Cameron said actually


it looks like not many Romanians and Bulgarians are coming here, and the


big immigration issue from the last few weeks has been about the EU


rules allowing any Romanian and Bulgarian coming to Britain, and


people saying we will be flooded with them, it's not happening. I


just wondered with the lack of flooding of people from Romania and


Bulgaria, and a pretty principal response by the Government supported


by the Lib Dems and the Labour Party, a real cross-party consensus


that we do need to do something about the Syrian refugees, maybe we


are moving into a more adult conversation about immigration than


we were a few months ago. That would be refreshing! And I wonder if


you'll all is simply forces the parties into acting. Remember what


happened to the Gurkhas and Joanna Lumley a few years ago, people were


on the side of the Gurkhas having rights here, and I remember a Tory


MP down in Dorset who got into a dreadful mess about somebody being


thrown out, and the locals dead, actually this person may have


technically broken a rule but we like him. When you get into specific


groups and specific people, the debate changes. As you said, Lance,


Nigel Farage showed how nuanced this argument is by coming out in favour


of the Government bringing in some Syrian refugees. That announcement


is due tomorrow in full. Let's pick -- stick with the Independent and


the foam packing trial. Andy Coulson is linked to this because he


apparently listened to one particular message in his time as


editor. Of course we have to be very careful, this is an ongoing trial,


Andy Coulson has pleaded not guilty and we are long way from hearing all


of the evidence, let alone getting a verdict of the jewellery, but at the


heart of this Andy Coulson was not just the editor of the News Of The


World these allegations referred to, when he became the Prime Minister's


press secretary, so Andy Coulson is in the dock but in the background


David Cameron's reputation is sort of in the dock with him. When it has


been a dramatic day, it forces its way onto the front page. It looks


like the prosecution case will be wrapped up by the end of this week


and the beginning of next week, and we will hear the defence of Andy


Coulson. Yes, what is interesting here is that the person who has


given this evidence that has been difficult for Andy Coulson has


himself pleaded guilty, and therefore is giving evidence in that


way, but what it shows is... Peter is right to say that David


Cameron's judgement is in the dock but so is the whole reputation of


journalism and certainly tabloid journalism, and if you look at the


pressure on this particular journalist to come up with a story


that would shift newspapers off supermarket shelves, it is


interesting, we come onto this programme to talk about the front


pages. Newspaper sales are dropping but somehow the papers like the Sun


and the other newspapers are still managing to fill their pages and we


don't necessarily have to have a diet of celebrity divorces. Debates


about press regulation have not ended and I think it is bound to be


explicit if not implicitly backwash from this trial into the ongoing


debate about the role of Parliament or not in the future of press


regulation. Andy Coulson, Rebekah Brooks and seven others all deny the


charges being levelled against them. Let's go to the Telegraph, the


scandal elderly forced into A A number of patients failed bike out


of hours GPs has doubled in the last five years. They are pointing the


blame of the story onto the contracts of GPs, suggesting they


are simply not there when elderly people need them out of hours. If


somebody has a fall or some sort of problem, the answer is to pick up


the phone and ring A We have seen many stories about the pressures on


A and there are adverts all over the place saying A should not be


the first port of call and they are not succeeding. There has been a


doubling in the last five years in the number of patients over 90 being


sent to A, does not represent a lot of people? I don't know if it is


a huge absolute number but an increase of that scale... I mean it


is not just people over 90. A is clogged up with people who should


have gone to their GPs, their local surgeries, and I think there is an


underlying problem that everybody who looks at the health system knows


we have too many hospitals in Britain. We need a smaller number,


bigger high-tech hospitals, and beefed up surgeries possibly


operating 24/7. But of course, when it goes to the specific, are we


going to close this hospital, this GP surgery, people say no, keep it


open, and we have too many hospitals, inefficient use of scarce


money and this is one of the symptoms of the system that neither


the last government or this Government has really got to grips


with. Can you very briefly explain, this wasn't the kind of problem it


was in your time at Number Ten, it didn't seem to be as big. Were you


guys preparing for an ageing demographic? Very much so. Everybody


was very aware of that problem, but I do not think anybody was


anticipating that the problem would be directed towards A I think


there were mistakes made, if we have to be honest. Staying with the Daily


Telegraph, the plumber with intelligence links held in


anti-terror raid... This is a truly extraordinary story. I read it with


my eyes popping. What you have got is a very senior diplomat, according


to the Telegraph, with links to the intelligence services, that is


usually code for, he is a spy. And his son James was arrested on


terrorism charges. It looks as if the police got the wrong person. It


is an extraordinary story. In an odd way, I suppose, it is not just, as


it were, kids from poor black ghettos who get wrongly arrested, it


can happen to the sons of senior civil servants. But they have chosen


not to lead with that as the headline for the story, which


suggests that perhaps you would not bother reading it? But I remember


when I was a young journalist on the Sunday Times, the editor, one of his


mottos was, a headline should sell a story, not tell a story. The


headline, true, it does not tell the story, but by golly, it is selling


the story. They got the wrong house! It is a fascinating story. I am with


you on this one, Clive, the headline is misleading. Frankly, the story


does not justify being on the front page. If the headline had been, son


of a diplomat wrongly arrested, then I think it would be a rather less


impressive piece of journalism. There you go!


Moving on to the Financial Times, Barclays chief, ready to wield the


axe. The investment bank is going to lose jobs, as well as branches? The


whole of the banking industry has been thrown up in the air. The


changes have been brought in not because politicians say they have to


change but because the people running the banks have recognised


that they have to change. It has begin to occasion is for jobs, a lot


of people will be going. A lot of our banking will be done online and


less will be done in branches. This is the other side we have had some


good economic news, which has not been on any of the front pages,


oddly enough. But in the old days, before you were born, Clive, when


Lance and myself were in our prime... Speak for yourself, not


Lance. It was the industrial north where the jobs went. But if you were


in the southern half of Britain, in a job or in an insurance company,


you had a job for life. But these are now the jobs which are on the


line. Unemployment is coming down, employment is going up, but not in


the banks. There are going to be a lot of very unhappy Barclays branch


staff. Technology is changing the way we bank, reducing the need for


people to go into the branches. This is the other side of the


unemployment coin. Much more to talk about, we will be back in an hour.


Stay with us on BBC News, because at the top of the hour, we will have


much more on the fact that Britain is going to accept some of the most


vulnerable refugees from Syria, that is according to the Deputy Prime


Minister. He says priority will be giving to women, children and those


who are disabled. That news is expected in full tomorrow. But now


it is time for Sportsday. Hello and welcome to Sportsday - I'm


Tim Hague, and here's what's coming up... Super Sturridge helps


Liverpool to a 4-0 thrashing of Everton in the Merseyside


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