05/02/2014 The Papers


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the games, the Winter Olympics start tomorrow. We will hear from one of


Britain's skiers in Sportsday, head of The Papers.


Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what The Papers will be bringing


you tomorrow with the broadcaster David Davis, and Philippa Kennedy


the ombudsman at the Sun. We will start with a picture of the storms


battering Porthleven in Cornwall. That is dominating the Telegraph's


front page. The main story is a warning that Britain's tax system is


apparently punishing success. The Independent claims the Liberal


Democrats cools Minister, David Laws, once Ofsted to have more


scrutiny of Michael Gove's academy programme. According to the FT,


defence companies are being asked by the MOD to highlight potential job


losses if Scotland breaks away from the United Kingdom. Ahead of the


Winter games in Sochi, the Guardian has an open letter from 200


prominent international authors saying Russia's International Gay


and blasphemy laws threaten freedom. The Daily Mail has a plan about


extracting data from medical records. The daily express claims


eating a yoghurt a day could help prevent diabetes. And the Sun has a


story saying Liz Hurley denied having an affair with Bill Clinton.


The big story of the day and it is on some of the front pages, the


weather. Let's show our viewers some of the front pages detailing that


now. Striking pictures from the returning storms on many of the


front pages. The Telegraph shows waves engulfing the church at


Porthleven in Cornwall. The financial Times features a similar


shot of the lighthouse at New Haven in East Sussex. The Express has


several pages on the storms and shows the railway line at Dawlish in


Devon. Rail bosses say it could take six weeks to fix. The storms are


dominating everything. Fantastic pictures. They are but these people


have been battered and battered. It is all right now because the Prime


Minister is riding to the rescue. I think that is a due -- dubious


political risk. What is he going to do to stop the weather? He is now


taking charge. David Cameron took personal charge of the flooding


crisis yesterday. What they don't seem to have picked up on in the


early editions are that Owen Paterson has gone into hospital, he


has got an eye operation. I do not know how serious that is, a detached


retina? It seems extraordinary timing. We are told he could lose


his eyesight if it is not dealt with. Clearly, he cannot affect the


timing of that. Our political correspondents throughout the


evening say it does feed into the perception. It is a dangerous


business as a politician getting involved with the weather. You,


having been in America for some time, will remember the problems in


New Orleans and George Bush, just before the presidential election


just so long ago we had Obama being seen to take control and Chris


Christie saying the president has done a good job and upsetting or his


Republican mates. That was Superstorm Sandy which it the States


just before the election. It is a day after the Prince of Wales turned


up in Somerset, properly clad with his Wellingtons and country jacket.


It seems too little, too late. It has taken a long time for anybody to


get to grips with this. We have been talking to whether or not the


Environment Agency was right or wrong to say they did not know


whether they should start dredging the weathers. -- dredging the


rivers. I think there is some PR which has gone wrong will stop even


if it does not help the marshes around Somerset, if I was the


Environment Agency I would stick a few dredgers in there to show people


they will do something. David Cameron said they will start doing


that. Are they working together. We have a story that David Cameron is


taking control and being chair of the emergency committee. The


Environment Agency's chairman has been heavily criticised for not


visiting the Somerset Levels, he did not attend that meeting. He may have


been out in the floods but you do wonder. There are no votes in this


for politicians and my own instinct is that governments get the blame


for the weather. It is a risky strategy. The next general election,


he might be slapped away with the tidal waves. You can sit in a lovely


studio like this and there are some amusing elements to it, but most


certainly, not for those who are so intimately involved. I live in


Worcestershire and we have had more than our fair share of floods in the


county in recent times. And then, as a Londoner born and bred, I look at


that railway track along Dawlish. There is a terrific picture in the


Express of that hanging together. Six weeks to fix it. I would be


amazed if it was fixed in six weeks. Six months is more like it. When I


used to go along that role we line with my mum, I used to think it was


the most exciting thing. It is the single link to that part of the


county. Spectacular pictures but not funny for the people involved. There


are human tragedies beneath all those photos, it has to be said.


Let's go on to the Independent, David Laws and goes. It has been a


lively old week for Michael Gove who is fast becoming the most


controversial member of this coalition government. On Sunday, he


got into hot water because he would not renew the contract of Baroness


Morgan, the chair of Ofsted who used to work for Tony Blair. Then he made


a major speech which could be summed up as back to the future on the


education system that he wants to see. Good things, there are some


good things and not so good things, some of us would argue. The basic


point is, here we have David Laws, his number two, who was widely


reported not to be happy with the treatment of Baroness Morgan, saying


he wants all-party select committee is to be given the power to veto


public service appointments, like the chair of Ofsted to prevent


cronyism, and also talking about the way the Conservatives Academy


schools are going to be investigated. We are seeing a move


away between the two coalition playmates, as it were, as we get


closer to the 2015 election, this is just another manifestation of that,


isn't it? Education is absolutely crucial. What do people worry about?


Being able to park their car outside their houses, their children being


able to go safely to school and they worry about safety and security and


policing, all the basics. I think Mr Gove has tapped into a very strong


vein of public concern which has, to a lot of us, it sounds like Tory


policy. I am not trying to praise the Tories in anyway. I think


education is a basic thing. He is the most radical Education Secretary


of modern times. Unions would say he is foolhardy. We will have to move


on. On the front page of the Independent, everything you need to


know about the Winter Olympics. It starts on Friday. Mr Cameron will


not be there. When a country is awarded a major event, as London was


for the Olympics, as South Africa was close to my heart in one sense


all those years ago for the soccer World Cup. The scrutiny that your


country or your city gets from the world is quite extraordinary. You


can argue that the Russians were not, and have not, been ready for


it. The porosity of it, yes, around gay rights in particular. There is a


letter on the front page of the Guardian from 200 writers. It is


very critical of what is going on in Russia. The calls for boycott - a


boycott - which some of us remember in the Moscow Olympics of 1980, they


have been very mooted. Mr Putin is not going to be bothered, is he? I


do not think he will be bothered that Salman Rushdie has signed a


letter. It is all to do with the recent gay propaganda and blasphemy


laws which prohibit, nontraditional sexual relations. That caused a lot


of controversy. Putin will be concerned about the aftermath of


Sochi when he looks ahead to the soccer World Cup four years of the


way. The tax system is punishing success, apparently. They think that


taxing higher earners will make them all flee the country. Is there any


evidence of that? Apart from Richard Branson... There was an interesting


two quotes in this story. Danny Alexander, the Liberal Democrats,


saying today that the idea of the top rate of tax being brought down


to 40p will happen over my dead body, on the same day that Boris


Johnson indicated that plans to cut taxes for the richest would appear


in the Tory manifesto, which is being written by his brother. That


is there enough. We will be back in an hour to look at the more of the


stories making the headlines here. Stay with us. Coming up at the top


of the hour we will have much more on all the weather problems that are


causing havoc in the south-west. Stay with us for that. Now it is


time for the sport.


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