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preparations get underway for tonight's Oscars ceremony, with


space thriller Gravity expected to scoop multiple awards at this


evening's ceremony. Hello and welcome to our look ahead


to what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. With me are financial


consultant Ros Altmann and Mihir Bose from the London Evening


Standard. This evening we are going to start with the Express, which


says the poor state of British pensions means millions of Britons


will have to work until they drop. While the Mirror leads off with the


crisis in Ukraine and claims it could lead to the price of gas


rocketing. The Telegraph also plumps for Ukraine, nosing off on the


warning from NATO that Moscow's annexation of the Crimean peninsula


"threatens peace and security in Europe". While the Independent has a


dispatch from Kim Sengupta in the Crimea focussing on the defiance of


ordinary Ukrainian people standing up to the Russian troops. Joyous


Manchester City fans are on the front of the Guardian, which also


carries a report about Labour's proposals for substantial changes to


the oversight of the British intelligence agencies. While the


Mail front page claims an NHS whistle`blower has been threatened


with the sack after going public with concerns that a Wolverhampton


hospital was fiddling its death rates. The Times also goes on


Ukraine and the squeeze on army bases. Ukraine dominating many of


the front pages, but we are going to start with the daily Mirror and the


headline, new Cold War. I think they are saying we may get very cold over


here if the troubles in Crimea end up cutting off gas supplies because


this is quite a critical region, geopolitically. And of course gas


prices in this country are already very high. Yes, you would expect the


Mirror to go into that but the idea that we might have a Cold War


reviving, certainly America versus Russia again, part two if you like,


it is quite a serious proposition. While I was at Sochi a couple of


weeks ago, listening to the Russian media, the parts I could


understand, it was interesting to note how anti`American the line


was, this feeling that America is our enemy and so on.


Post`communism, you don't expect that and it was very evident. At


that stage the president of the Ukraine have not been deposed so I


suppose the rhetoric is increasing even more. Earlier and analyst was


speculating there could be more of this to come. It does look like


there could be a lot of instability over there. The nations want more


autonomy, they want to be closer to the EU, and Russia perhaps feels


that is a threat. I think the Russians see them as their family,


their patch if you like. They haven't given up. The Soviet Union


may be history but this is still part of mother Russia, that is what


it amounts to. The Crimea was always part of Russia. This is a


particularly difficult situation. And the vast amount of troops that


have been officially announced, but more are thought to come in. British


officials are now thought not to go to the Paralympics, and the Earl of


Wessex has said he has cancelled a planned trip to the Paralympic


Games. It does seem they might be pretty absent in terms of those


representing. And given Vladimir Putin has spent $50 billion to


create two separate villages. Onto the Express, and a subject near your


hard because you are quoted, the Daily Express with the headline,


pensions blow for millions, and the subheading 66% of people will be


forced work longer. This is the result of a survey that has been


done, showing that since 2012 the number of people planning to work


past pension age has doubled. It is true that many people are happy to


work longer but that is not the case for everyone and a big part of the


issue is that people's pensions have not worked out in the way they would


have hoped. Even those who have saved have not got enough pension


and a lot of people have not got a pension at all so there is a real


issue here and it is inevitable people will have to working longer.


Last week we had the annuities news, and certainly pensions are headline


grabbing thing. I think we should congratulate Ros for arranging this


story! People were told if you invest X, you will get Y, and also I


think people are living longer but most people are realising that when


they invested money, they expected a pot of money and they could go off


wherever they wanted to go and it is just not there. The industry should


be called to task about the way they sold pensions. It was sold as this


is what you will get, instead of this is what we estimate you will


get. Quantitative easing has also driven down annuity rates which


means you get much less pension so there has been a lot of bad news for


pensions and I hope things will improve but I don't think this will


be the last negative headline we will see. Do you think we will


continue to see the pension age is rising? It is inevitable. It is not


wholly bad news, if we are living longer either we have got to save


more or keep working so that we keep earning, but you do need to be


healthy enough to keep working and not everybody is so we need a proper


national debate on how we can manage the ageing population. We don't have


time for that right now! Onto the Telegraph, and an interesting story


with the headline saying, Boris ` Islamists' children should be taken


into care. He is saying these children are educated by their


parents in such a way that they are likely to become terrorists all


fundamentalist and in a way he is raising a question about how these


children are educated or shaped at home and sometimes it is interesting


to meet people who are very devout Muslims and talk to them about 911.


I spoke to a sportsman recently and I was shocked to hear that he didn't


believe it was the result of muslin and takes and the conversation


became bizarre because you expect to say to somebody, obviously it was


fanatics and expect them to condemn it, and he said, how do you know it


was fanatics? He is saying that Muslim children who are radicalised


by parents should be considered abused. If children are


systematically exposed to pornography, they can be taken into


care. If they are systematically exposed to other socially acceptable


influences, they can be taken into care. It is very difficult, there is


no easy answer. Social services are constantly having to draw the line.


He is suggesting that there are situations where children are


clearly being radicalised and nothing is being done about it. Onto


the Independent, looking back at Ukraine, but its second story on the


page is about target punters, not prostitutes, say MPs. As I


understood the law, it was not prostitution that was illegal, it


was living off immoral earnings. This is suggesting there are laws


criminalising women and I don't quite know if the laws exist at the


moment that if you live off immoral earnings that is illegal so I don't


now how the sharpening of the law would take place. It to suggesting


we should aim the full force of the law against punters. A strange word


to use! It says that should be the aim. I think certainly targeting


pimps makes sense, if you like those who are trafficking and


prostitution. We should clamp down on them. As for targeting people who


visit prostitutes, I'm not sure I really want to comment on that one.


We will shuffle along to the Guardian in that case. Edward


Snowdon again, Labour plans to overhaul controls over spy agencies.


This is a very good story for this paper. It is an important story.


What is being said here is that in the online age when it is so easy


technologically to have all kinds of different forms of surveillance that


in the past would have been much more difficult to organise, we do


need to have some kind of boundaries, or to understand what


the boundaries might be for what is allowed by the security services and


what isn't. What Snowdon suggested is that there has been a freefall


and there are no controls over what can be done. Labour are saying they


want some kind of Parliamentary scrutiny or a committee of oversight


that would enable us to know that we are not being targeted just at


random. I think the problem is there is a committee at the moment but it


is not open, and we have moved forward. There was a time when the


man who headed MI5 was not known. Winston Churchill said democracy has


to be protected by a bodyguard of lies. Where do you draw the balance


between trying to protect the democratic way of life and being


transparent about everything that is done to protect it? Thank you, both.


We will have a look at the Oscars later. That's it for the papers this


hour, so thank you to my guests. They will be back at 11:30pm for


another look at what is making the newspapers tomorrow. Stay with us,


the latest from Ukraine as criticism mounts against Russia, common at


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