11/02/2014 The Papers


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


us tomorrow. With me are Pippa Crerar of the London Evening


Standard newspaper, and comedian and writer David Schneider. Let's have a


look at some of tomorrow morning's front pages. The Independent is


leading with all of the floods. A picture that of the swollen River


Thames in Surrey, and the Prime Minister's warning that the


situation is likely to get worse before it gets better. The Financial


Times features news that Barclays is to cut hundreds of jobs in the UK,


saying the Chief Executive is on the back foot after deciding to boost


bonuses. The Daily Telegraph leads with David Cameron's pledged to


spend whatever is necessary on rebuilding affected areas. That is


also the top story on the front page of The Metro. The Guardian is


focused on the flood funding pledge their too, and the Mail's front-page


is focusing on its own proposal to divert money from foreign aid to


flood victims in the UK. We are going to start with the flooding -


the story of the decade! The Independent. Britain's water


torture. No matter how much money you throw at this, if the water


doesn't go away, it will be a nightmare. It could be another few


months. We have already had the wettest January since records


began. It doesn't bode very well for springtime for most of us,


especially for those living close to the Thames. The Independent is


warning that the Severn and the River Wye are the latest rivers that


the Environment Agency are keeping an eye on, because the levels are


rising. Hundreds of people have been evacuated in the last few days, and


we could see many, many more in the next few months. The picture in the


Independent is striking. It looks like a lake, where the Thames used


to weave through Shepperton and Surrey. It is very interesting. We


have had days and days of the floods of leading the newspapers. Normally


you get to the point where story fatigue takes over, and they feel


the need to break into something else, but if we have months of these


stories coming up, how can we ignore it? A cynic might say that Cameron


has now said, let's stop the blame game, mainly because he was starting


to get the blame. He has just started to come out and do


something. Cynics would say that it is just because we are seeing


pictures of Shepperton in Surrey, the home counties that are


vulnerable. But if that is your house, it is a terrifying prospect.


A lot of these communities have been inundated with water today, but also


MPs! Flooded! They have had to put out sandbags to keep out Miliband!


It has been terrifying. It has been a very difficult balancing act,


especially for David Cameron. The last few days, I felt he has been


trying to make politicians about it. He has said that the lack of


dredging is was not his cuts, it was about something else. But


politicians are out there getting heckled. They are almost like


punchbag. They are taking the abuse. And there is infighting


within his own party. I was struck today by some of the TV footage of


individuals who had been affected, saying, we don't care about the


politics of this. I don't care about Eric Pickles and Owen Paterson. What


I care about is the fact that the help is not going through now, and I


need it. That is why Cameron is trying to rise above it, and saying,


all that matters is sorting out the situation. In the Telegraph, Mr


Cameron says money is no object. If it takes a lot of money, he is


willing to spend it. It is interesting that suddenly we have a


lot of money! I think it is indicative of the short-term view of


this government. They have cut and cut and cut, and that is all great,


until something like this happens. There was limits on what the


Environment Agency could spend. That was because we had austerity. But


suddenly, you are faced with a real disaster, and it is a false economy.


You have to put out more than you would have done if you had prepared.


There is definitely the argument that why didn't you pay for it in


the first place, if money is no object? I interpret this as a


response to UKIP and Nigel Farage, who is calling for some of the


foreign aid budget to be diverted to help people in the UK. Does this


shoot the Mail down? I think it is attempting to. We are a wealthy


country. Austerity or not, we can afford to build flood defences and


help out local businesses, and even householders who haven't insured who


are going to get some hope. We will see about that, because they have


been sucked right, the hardship funds, over recent years. They are


claiming that the money is there and they don't need to get into the


foreign aid budget. I think a lot of the comparison between the floods


we've seen in Bangladesh, where tens of thousands of people die, lose


their homes and livelihoods, and awful though these floods are in


Somerset and the Thames Valley, it is just on a different scale. I


think most people can recognise that. Onto the front page of the


Guardian. PM's high-stakes flood plains. The army marches in.


Apparently, they forgot their wellies as well! It is a high-stakes


pledge because he is saying money is no object. Where does that stop?


There is a problem that no amount of money can stop the floods, but then


again, that's why it is all very well pledging this and dealing with


UKIP and the Daily Mail, and dealing with the politics of having to tell


people, I'm here, I'm your Prime Minister, but it is indicative of


the lack of planning of this government, and the fact they have


not addressed by Mitch H. That is the planning we should be looking


at. He dodged the opportunity to discuss climate change, because he


has an Environment Secretary who is in climate change denial. I think


there is the wider issue, not just the knee jerk response. Should he


have said, what ever money is needed, it will be there? Rather


than a blank cheque? Has he just chosen the wrong words to sell this


response? Possibly, but I think he is probably wary because of his


reaction to the floods in 2007, when he was in rue Wanda with his Shadow


Cabinet, and his constituency was deluged with water and he didn't


come back. He got a real battering over that. Compared with Gordon


Brown, who was prime minister at that point. I think it was days or


weeks after he took over as prime minister, and his response to the


floods crisis at that point, and making money available, was seen as


being one of the things that bolstered his leadership. He


advanced in the polls, but Cameron will be remembering what happens if


you don't be seen to lead from the front. The consensus is among many


people and within the government that they have not got on top of


this soon enough. But that is his style. It is almost back to the


wall. Let's not tackle the crisis until you absolutely have to. But


when it reaches a crisis point and he realises he has to act, he throws


everything at it. And then he appears the elder statesman and


looks calm and collected and runs this new Cabinet committee. Money is


no object. Whether the readers, voters and people affected by the


floods see it the same way or whether they think he should have


acted sooner... I wonder what the people of Somerset feel about this


new, macho COBRA man who is coming and sorting it out. They have been


suffering for five or six weeks. It is all very well as saying that he


has kicked into gear in the last few days. This did not make the papers


initially. It has only been in the last week or two at the Somerset


Levels flooding has been on the front pages. It was not in the lead


story on the BBC. It is not just the politicians who have been slow to


catch up. But it is their job to keep on top of things. You could


argue that the Somerset Levels floods every year. I mean, it does.


It is just a question of scale. It is the continuing effects of all


these storms blowing in from the Atlantic. The Metro says, message


from 10 Downing Street. Apparently, there was a shark in these waters. I


wonder if there is a connection between the Metro's ability to come


up with a pun everyday. When they have run out of ponds, we will see


the floodwaters recede, I suspect! Finally, let's get on to the


Financial Times. Barclays chief on back foot over bonuses and job cuts.


They are cutting a lot of jobs at Barclays, and yet the bonuses have


gone up. It is wearying a familiar. The number of times we have sat here


and discussed banks paying out huge bonuses. I think there bonus pot was


2.3 billion. And that is up since last year. As you say, 12,000 jobs


are being cut at the same time. And the profits they are paying out to


shareholders are down as well. It has just brought back the whole


question of bonuses and whether individuals should be rewarded for


success or failure. Clearly, money is no object here either? Isn't that


the weird thing? I think Antony Jenkins, the Barclays chief


executive, is the man probably desperately doing a rain dance at


the moment. This would be a big splash in the papers if it were not


for all the flooding. No pun intended with the splash. I think he


is pleased about that. But it is wearying Lee familiar. When you


think about the sum involved and how that could help with the flood


efforts... That is a good idea. He has a reputation as St Anthony, so


here is a chance for him to keep his halo. You will both be back in an


hour to look at more headlines on the front pages. Stay with us for


that. At the top of the hour at 11, much more on the flooding problems


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