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crisis. Nick Clegg makes his case for European Union membership at the


Lib Dem conference and criticises the backward looking politics of


UKIP. Welcome to our lookahead at what the peoples will us tomorrow.


The Telegraph leads on each story about a new blood test for


Alzheimer's disease. It shows Prince Harry and his girlfriend enjoying


the sunshine at Twickenham in its picture. The Daily Express shows a


picture of people sunning themselves on Brighton beach on what it calls


the warmest day of the year so far when temperatures reached 70


Fahrenheit. The Guardian claims that 583,000 employees, more than double


the estimate of the government, signed up to zero hours contracts


last year. The daily Mirror says that spring seems to have finally


sprung. The Times leads on the missing plane amid fears that China


could have been the subject of a terrorist attack. The Daily Mail has


a story on a school head, a Muslim, driven out of her position by


extremists intent on taking over Muslim schools. Let us start with


the Daily Telegraph. This is looking at the Lib Dem spring conference.


Tim, what do you make of this? It is well written and beautifully


presented. Nick Clegg lists all the things that make Britain so great


such as donning shorts and flip-flops at the first tent of


sunshine, the spiky coverage of Private I of the royal wedding. It


strikes me as odd that he has to prove he loves his country and these


are so cliched. The fact that we like tea and that we have a stiff


upper lip. I canny not mention that we are an economic powerhouse. The


Lib Dems are very kind to their leader but to be fair he said I love


these things, not just that he liked them. This was much more passionate


and the only thing I quibbled with was when he said he liked people who


wore T-shirts and flip-flops. I think the true Lib Dem like people


in T-shirts and sandals. At the heart of this, to be slightly more


serious, was an attempt to reclaim Patchett is from UKIP. He says that


his mattresses is these things which are underpinned by liberal values,


so what he likes about Britain is the BBC, the NHS, but also the fact


that we were the first signatories to the European law of human rights.


How do you think it will go down with people outside the hall? I


think it is a waste of time and he will try and went over everyone who


hates UKIP. I feel that the only people who turn out in the next


round of European elections will be people who want to protest against


Europe. The Conservatives talk about welfare and migration. Labour talk


about taxing the Ridge -- rich and the Lib Dems talk about Europe. Will


it play well outside that constituency? I am not sure that


people like to be told why they love their country and I think they have


their own list. There may be able to watching us while drinking tea and


waving flip-flops. The Daily Telegraph has a headline about a


blood test which will show if people are likely to suffer Alzheimer's. If


this is correct, it will tell people earlier on if they will get this


horrific condition and the question is, do you want to know? Was people


see they do but if you are being told in your 50s or your late 60s


are your late 70s that you will get Alzheimer's, that is quite


frightening. Then there's the question of whether we will get


pre-genetic testing for all sorts of conditions. Then there is a question


of how easy it is to get life insurance if you have the condition.


I guess the hope is that the genetic testing moves as far as medicine to


be able to treat it moves. If we are moving to an area where we can give


people a three-year warning, hopefully medicine and then help


with the effects over those three years. I personally know that I


would want to know and I would think a great number of people would want


to know and people feel that they can get help and treatment in


advance, I think this may help people through what is the condition


that can be very surprising and shocking and frightening and maybe


some preparation like that would help. Moving onto the main picture


story. We are seeing a lot more of young Cressida. That suggests a


rather adoringly. I do not know how long they had to wait for that


picture. What a great day out and she obviously likes it. She did


accompany him to a global youth conference so she is stepping out of


the shadows a bit. I don't blame her and looking at him rather than the


match because I do not imagine anything could be more boring for


the date than that. His eyes could be shot. He may be looking somewhere


else. Is she looking over his head? We will move on to the Daily Express


and the story about the sunshine. Today has been marvellous. I have


been able to walk around without freezing to death and it is


marvellous for this country has extraordinary variations on whether


and it felt like we were living in the Arctic last week but now we seem


to have jumped straight into spring and I am so thrilled. I never know


why newspapers show Brighton beach absolutely packed because it shows


this image and it puts me off going to a beach. It is a story that is


picked up in almost all the papers suggesting perhaps a quite domestic


news day. I think it is also a reflection of quite a difficult


winter of flooding and extreme weather conditions and we suffered


and I think this is people saying, find God that is over. We will move


on to The Guardian. The main story there is about zero hours. We should


start off with what serial our contracts are. They have certainly


been controversial. You said people signed up to these but they are


often not given a choice. What it is its companies saying they want


people to be available to work a set number of hours that they also have


exclusivity clauses. It says that we want you to be available for 18


hours a week for a pass and on call any time a week so there is no


guarantee that you will have any work and during that time you cannot


apply for another job. That is ludicrous. People want to work more


hours than they can and they are forbidden to do this. The second


issue is that they do not get holiday pay of sick pay or pension


rights and therefore the companies are getting very cheap labour with


no responsibility and the workers are getting very poor deal. Some


people like them because they like the flexibility of being able to do


to three hours a week here are their around their childcare duties on


around other commitments they have in the life. They do work for them


but in the vast majority of cases they are exploitation. Because the


story is not so much about zero hours contracts but about the fact


that the figures put out the government has so underestimated


what the real figures are. All I would say on all those points, and I


agree with the great number of them, is the kind of Labour market we have


no rest on flexibility, especially during a difficult period when


companies are resistant about taking people on. Anything that has lowest


costs for the employer but increases flexibility for the employee is a


good thing but I do not think it reliable that there are problems and


it can lead to exploitation. Exclusivity is a problem. Last year


there was a survey done of people on zero hours and they found that


although twice as many people were as many people weren't happy with


the contract as were unhappy, one in five said they were penalised if


they could not do the work and nearly half were set to work only to


be sold at the last minute that it had been cancelled. You talk about


flexibility that flexibility is entirely on the work with nine on


behalf of of the employer. That is the real issue. They get away with


not having to pay any of the basic rights you should get as a worker.


But that is why the employee. You should make yourself affordable in


the market and to do this you surrender these rights. Who loses


out on this? It is you and me as the taxpayer because we'd end up topping


up tax credits. You can sign up for one of these contracts and be told


that you can work there. But it is undermining the social contract


between employer and apply the -- employee. That is it for the papers


this hour. Thank you to Jason and ten and we will be back at 11 30


with the stories making the news tomorrow. At 11 o'clock we'll have


though latest on the search operation for the Malaysian jet.


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