05/02/2014 The Papers


05/02/2014

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

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

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

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you tomorrow with the broadcaster David Davis, and Philippa Kennedy

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

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

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

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apparently punishing success. The Independent claims the Liberal

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

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

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

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

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

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prominent international authors saying Russia's International Gay

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

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extracting data from medical records. The daily express claims

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

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

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

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

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

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front pages. The Telegraph shows waves engulfing the church at

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Porthleven in Cornwall. The financial Times features a similar

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

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

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

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dominating everything. Fantastic pictures. They are but these people

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

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

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

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taking charge. David Cameron took personal charge of the flooding

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

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

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

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

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

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timing of that. Our political correspondents throughout the

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

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

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

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New Orleans and George Bush, just before the presidential election

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

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

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Republican mates. That was Superstorm Sandy which it the States

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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taking control and being chair of the emergency committee. The

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Environment Agency's chairman has been heavily criticised for not

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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controversial member of this coalition government. On Sunday, he

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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public service appointments, like the chair of Ofsted to prevent

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cronyism, and also talking about the way the Conservatives Academy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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of controversy. Putin will be concerned about the aftermath of

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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time for the sport.

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