21/02/2014 The Papers


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Controversy in the speed skating has Elise Christie was disqualified from


her third event at the games. More on that in Sportsday after The


Papers. Welcome to our look ahead to what


the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. With me, Yasmin


Alibhai-Brown, columnist for the Independent. Also, David


Williamson, political editor of the Western mail. Thank you for joining


us, David. Some of the headlines. Big changes are coming to the Labour


Party, according to The Independent. It says that the party leader, Ed


Miliband, is promising to devolve power to ordinary members on an


unprecedented scale. And the Mail has a story about a delayed Ryanair


flight at Stansted Airport. The paper claims that furious passengers


called police from the tarmac after waiting hours without food or drink.


The Telegraph says Princess Anne has entered the debate over the need for


affordable new homes. She apparently told a conference that villages must


bear the brunt of thousands of new homes if the countryside is to be


protected from "large-scale" development.


The Express leaves on a Court of Appeal ruling on housing benefit.


The Times reports on what it calls a silent epidemic of anorexia among


teenage girls at independent schools. The Sun has the story of a


woman it claims is blaming her weight gain on benefits. Wayne


Rooney's new pay deal at Manchester United is on the front page of the


daily mirror. Ukraine is heavily featured, as you


can imagine. We start with the Independent with a picture of


Rebekah Brooks, after describing her car crash personal life. She talked


about this not being an affair with Andy Coulson but sporadic intimacy,


which is a new phrase. This will be an interesting case as it proceeds.


She denies the four chargers and it is her defence that continues at the


Old Bailey. Moving on, my changes are bigger than Claus four, says


Miliband. These are new rules for the party that will devolve power to


ordinary people. Is this Ed Miliband trying to make politics more


interesting and engage the public? It is striking that so many years


after clause four was scrapped, here we are with this image of Blair. It


shows how the Blair years, in some ways, still continue. The central


idea is interesting, of getting people to be engaged. It is a bit


like in America people talk about being a registered Democrat or


Republican. That does not mean they hand out flyers at weekends but they


have some affiliation and can vote in primary is. If it goes through


whatever procedures they have to go through, it gets through this


constant accusation that they are owned by the unions. The unions that


got him into power in the first place. I know, but fair enough.


There is this Russell Brand stuff going on, people feeling


disconnected. My worry is that too much is being promised. You might


get a million more people. Remind us about Russell Brand, because some


people might have missed the interview. He was basically saying,


I do not vote but I have political values and I represent people who do


not want to vote because they are bored. Exactly. I totally disagree


with that, I have to say. It is childish and a little bit spoiled,


because we do have a system and we should all be involved one way or


another to try and change it for the better. We have a coalition


government because people did not turn out to vote. People are bored


of politics. Do you think that is the case? I do not think people are


bored with politics, but in the internet age, everyone seems to


think that every policy has to be the one that I want. It can't work


like that, and that is my fear for this. He is making too many


promises. In the end, there has to be a collective decision about what


policies the party chooses. What is interesting is who this is going to


appeal to. Before, the Labour Party was the party of organised labour.


These are now presumably going to be people who enjoy programmes like


this, who are politically engaged and take an interest. Many of those


might be the people the Conservatives are trying to target


with the big society rhetoric, those who volunteer in the local church


and food banks and things like that. It could be a whole wedge of people


who are suffering under various policies, feel that nobody is


speaking to them because they are not the hard-working squeezed


middle. ?3 is not a lot of money. Maybe it will bring in the truly


disenfranchised. It sounds like both of you are saying that because of


the state of the economy, because of the amount of cuts people are


suffering from, because of immigration being such a fuelled


issue, turnout at the general election might not be a concern


among today's leaders right now. Indeed. This is the ultimate


referendum, really. People are saying, this is my chance to


actually expressed some indignation or excitement, perhaps, if they can


galvanise that. I hope that immigrants, who have been feeling


very angry at the way things are discussed, join the Labour Party and


change the discourse. We all need to get more involved. Too many people


have this helplessness, I think, which is not good. Speaking of


people's bad feeling about cuts, particularly to benefits, the Daily


Mail reports on ATOS wanting to pull out of the government contract to


vet those claiming disability benefits. Sickness benefit tests


firm pulls out after death threats to staff, is the headline. I am sure


it has happened. But I think ATOS has not had a very good record of


late. A lot of these tests have been criticised by various groups and


people, ministers, MPs. I think it is a way of getting out of this


thing. They don't want to be there any more, I think. Do you think that


maybe it? I think so. There were jokes in Parliament about how ATOS


had found Richard III ready to work. It was becoming a liability. In


recent weeks we have seen Westminster debates raising the fact


that so many of the cases have been overturned that it has become a


liability to the government. So I think this is a quiet divorce that


both sides will be happy about. Last night we were talking about another


story from a leaked document that was proposing chargers for those who


wanted to challenge their benefits being taken from them, that they


would be charged for it as well. Something like 58% end up being


challenged. Let's move on to Ukraine. It is in all of the


papers, as you would imagine. The Daily Express takes a slightly


unique angle on the story. Truce as protesters are told, agree, or you


will die. And there is a picture there of Yulia Tymoshenko, the


imprisoned former prime minister of Ukraine, very much seen as a symbol


of unity in Ukraine. That is an interesting take by the Express.


Yes, and they do not do this kind of story, so that is even more


interesting. But it is true that this woman has been imprisoned for


how long now? And we have almost heard nothing, after some stories


about how she was being treated. If she has managed to survive all of


that and come out, this is her moment, perhaps. I don't know. The


memories of the Orange Revolution. It is almost as if people in the


Ukraine are saying, this is one more chance to get the house in order.


You look at the history of Ukraine, if anybody had a miserable


experience of the 20th century, going from civil war to occupation,


to... But their revolutions were very peaceful, remarkably peaceful.


That is what raised the hopes that it was possible for some ex-Soviet


countries to come through this change without violent disorder. But


now we have come to this point. And this is a very quick resolution, if


it is going to be taken seriously. It is not trusted just yet. Many


protesters still in shock and in Independence Square this evening,


not rushing to go home. Let's have a look at the daily Mirror, with a


picture of Chris Moyles the former Radio 1 breakfast show presenter. He


falsely claimed he lost ?1 million trading as a used car dealer. He


accepts full responsibility, according to the newspaper. He has


issued a statement, hasn't he. What is there to say? Why? Why do people


with money always want to not pay tax? And why do they get away with


it? We were punishing benefit scroungers, as we call them, and


here are all sorts of people. There is an organisation, a tax avoidance


organisation. We are talking about tax avoidance, not evasion, which is


different. This is something the Inland Revenue have been clamping


down on. There are a number of schemes that have been available and


they are challenging them in the courts. This feeds into the whole


narrative that if you are very clever and very wealthy, you will


not be paying tax in the way that we all are. It just adds that to the


fire. I want to read the statement Chris Moyles from. Upon advice I


signed up to a scheme I was assured was legal. My knowledge of the


scheme was naive. I am not a tax expert and acted on advice. This was


a mistake and I accept the ruling without reservation. I take full


responsibility and have learned a valuable lesson. The BBC also add


that it is not a party involved in this tribunal and they understand


Chris Mono has taken full responsible T for his tax


arrangements. -- Chris Moyles. Moving onto the Daily Mail, English


is the second language in one in nine schools. They have done a lot


of research. Yes, and what is wrong with that? The more languages we


speak, the better it is for us, our country, business interests. When


does knowing another language become a disability? It is mad. I speak for


macro languages, plus English. Does that make me a pariah. This shows


the changing population because of migration. I think Brits in


particular, and this is a big thing in Wales where they are bilingual,


but the English in particular do not learn other languages. That is going


to push us back in a lot of ways as the world changes. If we have kids


speaking some kind of language, and British kids are picking some of


that up, I can't think what is wrong with that. Do you think that


migrants should learn English? Of course, and if you don't, your own


future is held back, if for no other reason... What is amazing is how


many migrants, I have been listening to Ukrainian migrants here in


Britain today on the phone in programmes. Their English is


astonishing! I have travelled around Eastern Europe, all over the place,


and English is the second language in most countries now. And they


speak so well! There is something heartbreaking, when you go abroad


and see advertisements in English in the middle of a city, as if English


speakers find it hard to experience the other! English is the world


language, which is also making this all happen. We don't always do


this, but we will look at the back pages of the Guardian, Wayne Rooney,


one of the big headlines. I wish I was good at football, I wish. I was


always picked to be linesmen. You don't want this amount of money, you


do not want it! Is he worth it? That is the question. He's a player under


now. He will, but I guess the signal it sends out is that the golden


years and the symbols of Ferguson and so on... What do you do with


?300,000 per week? What do you do with that amount of money? There is


only so money ice cream is you can eat. You smoke the notes. I don't


know! I was distraught when I realised he will be 33 when this


contract comes to an end, it makes me feel ancient by comparison. Think


about it, this kids will never have to work. There is something quite


distorted about that. I am sure he is a very talented footballer, he


has made his money, not inherited it, but there have to be limits. He


will be, you know, in the history books as one of our greatest


players, and a lot of fans will be thinking, yes, he is worth it,


Manchester would not be the same without Rooney. But there must have


been a time when you could be a good footballer and not in this amount of


money. There was, 1960! Many thanks for taking us through the papers.


Stay with us here on BBC News. At 11 we will get the very latest from


Ukraine as the country signs a peace plan designed to end the political


crisis and hopefully the violence as well. Coming up next on BBC News:


Sportsday. Hello and welcome to Sportsday, I'm


John Watson. On the way tonight, Wales revive their hopes of winning


a record third Six Nations title with victory over France in Cardiff.


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