03/02/2014 The Papers


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medal prospect is out of the competition after an accident on the

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snowboard course, a course which several of the competitors have

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labelled as dangerous. That is all coming up after The Papers.

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Welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be bringing us

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tomorrow. With me, Mina al-Oraibi, from the London based Asharq Alawsat

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newspaper, and James Rampton, from the Independent. We are going to

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start with the Financial Times, which is leading with a report that

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fund managers based in Scotland could be facing a multi-million

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pound bill to pay for a new regulator, if the Scots vote for

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independence. The Daily Telegraph has the news that schools could be

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encouraged to take children from as young as two to help with the

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country's childcare crisis. Research has found that people are getting

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more than a 10th of their daily calories from added sugar, according

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to this report. The Guardian says experts have warned that alcohol and

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obesity are fuelling a surge in cancer. Starting with the Daily

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Telegraph, children to start school at the age of two, nursery places to

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help solve childcare crisis will look it is a story which a lot of

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people will be interested in, but is it the way forward? Well, it is

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quite interesting. It is about how you can get mostly mothers, but also

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fathers, back to work. These are really toddlers, at the age of two.

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It is interesting because we have quite a few headlines regarding

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educational reform and what the Government is trying to do to help

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solve some of the crises. But this story refers to the fact that by the

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end of this year, 40% of all two-year-olds, estimated to be

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130,000 children, from poorer backgrounds, will be entitled to 15

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hours of free care week. This is trying to help parents to create at

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least part-time jobs. The story is very much about facts and figures of

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what this means for the parents, in being able to have their kids at

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school rather than nursery. It really takes a lot of the position

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of the Government, which is basically to say that some of the

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schools are being supported with ?1000 grants to look into how they

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could do this and make sure that they are accessible for these young

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children. But it is difficult to imagine a two-year-old being in a

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school atmosphere. So, the Telegraph is writing it up as a good idea? The

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main thrust is taking the Government's position. I mean, they

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do say that there is one stay at home mother who confronted Nick

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Clegg, having said that it was too much to have a full day for a

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two-year-old, even in nursery. So they have given the other side as

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well. It would be interesting to know what other parents might say. I

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think it is interesting that childcare has become a political

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football. Perhaps it is a sign of The Times, when many families are

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thinking about going back to work instead of staying at home. It goes

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on to say that the Government is once again ignoring the relationship

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that mothers have with very young children, that is according to the

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lady they interviewed. And there is a cartoon, with somebody going into

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work for ten hours, saying, I do not know if my phone battery will last

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that long. A ten hour day, for a two-year-old, that is an extremely

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demanding position to put children in! In a way, the Government is not

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exactly coercing parents, but suggesting that it might be a very

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good thing, and there might well be some pressure on parents to take

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that up. And would the children suffer because of it? I think it is

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a really personal question. Staying with the Daily Telegraph,

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environment chief admits, I have yet to visit the Somerset Levels. The

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Government seems to be lurching from mistake to mistake on this one, in

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the eyes of some people. Well, they are being flooded with stories! Last

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year, a minister forgot his boots and got criticised for wearing shiny

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shoes, and got some the citrus comments about the lack of dredging

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which had taken place. And now, another PR disaster, Lord Smith

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admitting that he had visited three or four times before, but not in the

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last few weeks. The local MP is calling for the resignation of the

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minister. He says it is the story of his entire tenure at the head of

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this bloated organisation, plenty of talk and no action, as he puts it.

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But the Daily Telegraph has come up with some fantastic stats. They have

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found out that the agency spent nearly ?10,000 on business class

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flights to attend a forest day in Durban, South Africa, to discuss the

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role of trees in mitigating climate change. If that was in a Jonathan

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Swift novel, you would say it was impossible. And all of this added to

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the fact that you are wading through water in your front room, and you

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pick up the phone to call the helpline, and you have got to pay

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41p a minute! Exactly. It suggests the agency has spent nearly ?18

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million on travel and subsistence, which is any credible figure. The

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issue of Lord Smith visiting is, it is always a dilemma, because it can

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become a photo opportunity. But if you go to try to pretend that you

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are caring, are you actually making a difference?! You are damned if you

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do, and damned if you don't. But maybe you should take the line, I

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will take the photo Op, because at least you can be seen to be down

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there. It is catastrophic what is happening in that area. Some people

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have been marooned, literally, for four weeks. They cannot get

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insurance, they could be wiped out by this. And the fact that he has

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not been smacks to me of, let them eat cake. I am too busy in London,

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defending the cities, as he said the other day. You remember when George

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W Bush flew over New Orleans. They said that was the turning point in

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his presidency, more than the invasion of Iraq, the fact that he

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seemed to care so little about the people who had been devastated I

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hurricane Katrina. I wonder if that could be the same for this

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government. Moving on to the Financial Times - a warning about a

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possible yes vote and the fact that a new regulator would have to be put

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in place, which would cost a lot of money. Yes, and also the indications

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of what it would mean for the Scottish economy, and also, those

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companies which are UK companies but based in Scotland. It is an

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interesting conversation, as we have less than nine months to go. It is

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quite significant, because it says that firstly, it would cost millions

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to do, and also, that fund managers would need to tailor their products

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and services for a new tax and consumer protection regulator,

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everything would change. A potential new currency! Exactly. It comes

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after the statement from Mark Carney as well. I think we will see more

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and more of these stories. I am sure the SNP would say that they have

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looked into all of this, and yes, they understand that there is

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Brobbel be good to be a financial penalty to pay. They would say that,

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wouldn't they?! But it seems to me that it may not have been a full

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consultation which has taken place. There is one consultant mentioned

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here who said that he spoke to an American fund manager who told him

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that a yes vote would be bad news for Scottish fund managers. Hundreds

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of jobs would have to be created to staff the new agency, and the new

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agency would then have to work in tandem with the old agency in

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London. A new raft of regulation and red tape would be brought in,

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creating a huge new level of bureaucracy, it is the last thing

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business wants. Fund management is a big sector in Scotland. I think it

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is worth ?520 billion. Scotland invented many of these things, to

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clergymen in 1748 invented the assurance fund. It is a great

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heritage in that country. -- two clergymen. Sticking with the

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Financial Times, news about the new head of the Federal Reserve, and she

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has got a tough job, to say the least? Yes, and of course, the

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figures coming in today, saying that there has been a stumbling in the

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markets in the US. It also says the Dow Jones has had its worst January

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performance since 2009. And that is always a bad year in people's

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heads, with the financial crisis. So, she comes into a very tough

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position. She has for years in her new job, and this is a good photo of

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her swearing the oath. She is the first woman in the job. James, the

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fact is, the global economy, actually, in contrast to that in the

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UK, seems to be stumbling at the moment, because of concerns about

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Asia? Exactly, I believe the Dow fell 2% today. Welcome to the

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pleasure dome, for this woman! It is an extremely turbulent time for the

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markets. On a different note, it is amazing that it is a woman in this

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role. For so long, it was seen as a bastion of the patriarch a of the

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financial world. For anyone who has seen The Wolf Of Wall Street,

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traditionally, a very match oh, Mail industry. It is an extremely

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exciting film, but the fact that a woman is finally in charge I ink is

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to refit. But she does have stormy seas ahead of her. Moving onto this

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one, in the Metro... Stopped drinking those sugary drinks!

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I am alarmed by this because we might be putting our health at risk.

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Research is suggesting that we might have a raised risk of a heart attack

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if we drink sugar through fizzy drinks because the sugar is inserted

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after the event, and apparently that can be much more damaging to your

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health. This was just one Canada Day. As little as one can today. --

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one can per day. Sugar addiction is interesting and the impact that

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sugar has. We had this with salt while ago and now we have sugar.

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Clearly it not good for you. It is incredibly saying that 15%... Let me

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read this. The risk of dying from cardiovascular disease notably rises

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with intake of 15%, equivalent of drinking one can of fizzy drink in

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the daily diet. It is quite something. It has moved from

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cigarettes on to saturated fats and now it is targeting sugar. That

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seems to be what they are going for now. We see the stories all the

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time. I am going back to one the other great Scottish exports,

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whiskey. Joking aside, the strings are often marketed at children.

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There was a big campaign to take fizzy drinks machines out of schools

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because there was possibly a reality and a perception that children were

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drinking too much but this research backs up how dangerous they can be.

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There is also fruit drinks that have added sugar. We always think of

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sugary drinks, but the University of Cambridge says that sugar sweetened

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drinks need to be part of the conversation. It is something that

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you can eliminate from your diet. Having water with meals and so on.

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Processed food, right, all manner of things, you would not expect sugar

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to be in them but it is there. The hidden danger. The authorities, the

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papers and The Metro are making sure the public know all about that. You

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will be back in an hour to look at more stories making the headlines.

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And at 11 o'clock we will have more on the education secretary's

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comments today that he wants state-run schools to be more like

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those in the private sector. Your local comp looking different is what

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he wants. Coming up now, it is Sportsday.

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Hello and welcome to Sportsday. On the way tonight: Chelsea

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