14/03/2014 The Papers


14/03/2014

No need to wait to see what's in the papers - tune in for a lively and informed conversation about the next day's headlines. With Martine Croxall.


Similar Content

Browse content similar to 14/03/2014. Check below for episodes and series from the same categories and more!

Transcript


LineFromTo

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

:00:13.:00:18.

bringing us tomorrow. With me are the broadcaster Alice Arnold, and

:00:19.:00:20.

Alison Phillips, weekend editor at The Mirror. Tomorrow's front pages:

:00:21.:00:26.

Tony Benn features on the front page of the The Independent - "Death of a

:00:27.:00:30.

maverick" is their headline. The Daily Mirror have the missing

:00:31.:00:34.

plane as their main story. They speculate "Hijackers flew plane

:00:35.:00:37.

towards remote island". The Daily Express take on the same

:00:38.:00:40.

story is "Pirates stole missing plane".

:00:41.:00:43.

The Daily Mail lead with a story about GM crops. Their headline,

:00:44.:00:46.

"Scientists' hidden links to the GM food giants".

:00:47.:00:51.

The i report the Chancellor is rejecting big tax cuts for middle

:00:52.:00:54.

earners, despite a campaign from Conservative MPs. "Osborne's Budget

:00:55.:00:56.

snub to middle classes" is their headline.

:00:57.:01:01.

The Times headline is "Tories offer squeezed middle a tax reprieve".

:01:02.:01:05.

The Daily Telegraph report that non-Europeans can buy EU citizenship

:01:06.:01:08.

entitling them to live and work in Britain. Their headline, "For Sale -

:01:09.:01:13.

EU citizenship". And the Guardian have a picture of

:01:14.:01:16.

Tony Benn on their front page. The main headline though refers to their

:01:17.:01:19.

exclusive on the Co-op bank, "Co-op shambles exposed".

:01:20.:01:30.

Perhaps predictably, we begin with tributes that have been paid

:01:31.:01:33.

throughout the day following the death of Tony Benn, the veteran

:01:34.:01:37.

former Labour MP who has died this morning at the age of 88. An

:01:38.:01:45.

extraordinary man in many ways, because unlike most people he became

:01:46.:01:51.

more radical with age. Yes, after he left the Cabinet. He was an MP for

:01:52.:01:57.

50-year is. It was in his later life that he became a real thorn in the

:01:58.:02:01.

side of the Labour Party as years went by. There were some amazing

:02:02.:02:06.

tributes today but also a lot of people saying, I did not agree with

:02:07.:02:10.

him at the time. Although I respect his convictions and sense of

:02:11.:02:13.

principle, there are a lot of people who did not agree with what he said,

:02:14.:02:17.

he caused all sorts of problems for the Labour Party during that period.

:02:18.:02:22.

But is it fair to blame him for the mess the party got itself into? It

:02:23.:02:28.

is interesting that Bob Crowe died earlier this week and similar things

:02:29.:02:30.

were said. Different circumstances but both avid socialists from

:02:31.:02:39.

different backgrounds. And yet they were both left of the current Labour

:02:40.:02:43.

Party, and they caused a lot of difficulties. The Independent

:02:44.:02:52.

headline says, death of a maverick. But was he a maverick? Some

:02:53.:02:55.

commentators are saying that towards the end of his life many of his

:02:56.:02:59.

ideas have become fashionable, acceptable by lots of people. When

:03:00.:03:06.

he was first involved in the Stop the War Coalition it was

:03:07.:03:09.

extraordinary but with the benefit of history we have seen that what he

:03:10.:03:12.

was saying was so right. I interviewed him last August and he

:03:13.:03:18.

was very frail by that point. But he was still absolutely extraordinary.

:03:19.:03:23.

His real passion for the stop the War campaign was a huge part of his

:03:24.:03:30.

life. He was a wonderful orator as well. He spoke so well. Proper

:03:31.:03:35.

sentences, proper thought out phrases that he was saying

:03:36.:03:42.

beautifully. At a time when we feel so many politicians are beige, all

:03:43.:03:47.

saying the same thing, and all saying it in management-speak which

:03:48.:03:51.

they think people want to hear. What was interesting about him was that

:03:52.:03:55.

there was a clarity to what he was saying and he really believed it.

:03:56.:04:05.

The Mirror has champion of the powerless. So many ways of

:04:06.:04:12.

describing him. That was the Ed Miliband quote. Also in the mirror

:04:13.:04:19.

there are excerpts from his diaries. He was also an extraordinary diarist

:04:20.:04:23.

and he believed so much that what went on in parliament should be

:04:24.:04:28.

properly recorded. He really believed in the importance of

:04:29.:04:31.

openness. And wonderful photographs of him, with his pipe. Giles Fraser

:04:32.:04:38.

said today he was the only man he ever let smoke a pipe in his church,

:04:39.:04:42.

which I thought was lovely. He had that quirkiness, with his shooting

:04:43.:04:51.

stick and carrying a rucksack. Unlike the death of most public

:04:52.:04:54.

figures where everybody says all the right things, people like Denis

:04:55.:04:57.

Healey have been very candid today about how much damage he felt he did

:04:58.:05:03.

to the Labour Party. That is quite unusual, and probably something Tony

:05:04.:05:10.

Benn would applaud. Exactly. I think he would have liked that. He would

:05:11.:05:16.

have hated everybody to go frantic because he died. He kept his marbles

:05:17.:05:20.

right to the end and he would have known that this was happening, and

:05:21.:05:28.

would have expected this kind of reaction. You mentioned his

:05:29.:05:32.

opposition to the Iraq war and how critical he was of that. He was also

:05:33.:05:35.

critical of the Falklands conflict, wasn't he? He got that wrong and it

:05:36.:05:43.

did the Conservatives a lot of good. He was also anti-Europe, which is

:05:44.:05:48.

different and two where Labour is now. He was out of kilter with the

:05:49.:05:52.

common views at the time and cause a lot of problems for a lot of people.

:05:53.:05:57.

I think it is better if people are regarded in an honest context,

:05:58.:06:01.

rather than, didn't they do a jolly good job, because people are multi

:06:02.:06:06.

dimensional. This move onto the Daily Express. Are we moving into

:06:07.:06:12.

the realms of fantasy? We just don't know what has happened to this

:06:13.:06:16.

Malaysia Airlines which disappeared a week ago. Pirates stole missing

:06:17.:06:24.

plane - experts new theory, according to the Daily Express. We

:06:25.:06:29.

have been asking what constitutes a pirate. Probably they mean a

:06:30.:06:35.

hijacker, don't they? They don't mean the plane went into the sea and

:06:36.:06:39.

pirates took it. It is a bit of a confusing headline, but I think they

:06:40.:06:45.

are trying to talk about it being hijacked, which to all intents and

:06:46.:06:50.

purposes means it was hijacked by hijackers. I am assuming it means

:06:51.:06:56.

people are taking it for financial benefit, rather than some kind of

:06:57.:07:02.

political or terrorist act or cause. This has come about because it went

:07:03.:07:08.

missing. They reckon it was giving out signals that it was moving in

:07:09.:07:11.

the air for five hours with the engine still working, but not going

:07:12.:07:15.

east as had been thought but West towards India, and that is where it

:07:16.:07:23.

may have... That is why they have widened the search area. And they

:07:24.:07:27.

say it could have landed on a secret location, like a desert island. But

:07:28.:07:32.

planes need runways, generally, to land, you know. And wouldn't

:07:33.:07:40.

somebody on board try and possibly. The mobile phone thing is

:07:41.:07:44.

interesting, because they are traceable. Everybody's mobile

:07:45.:07:52.

phones. The whole thing is quite extraordinary. I cannot imagine it

:07:53.:07:56.

is sitting under a coconut tree on a desert island. But when we do not

:07:57.:08:01.

know the answers, people start to fill in the blanks. There are all

:08:02.:08:07.

sorts of people looking for it now. The United States are worn over this

:08:08.:08:11.

and they do not seem to be able to help. But it is a huge area they are

:08:12.:08:17.

trying to search. It seems strange in this day and age that things can

:08:18.:08:22.

disappear. We don't like mysteries any more because normally GPS can

:08:23.:08:28.

solve any mystery. In the Daily Telegraph, this is Michael Gove who

:08:29.:08:31.

famously did not go to Eton, a grammar school boy. The adopted son

:08:32.:08:38.

of an Aberdeen fish processor, says the Telegraph. He says it is a sad

:08:39.:08:47.

fact that so many of the people surrounding David Cameron did go to

:08:48.:08:53.

Eton. And rightly so. It is a good thing that in his position as

:08:54.:08:57.

Minister for education he is making this point. You imagine that a lot

:08:58.:09:02.

of young kids growing up today would think what hope do I have of getting

:09:03.:09:06.

into government unless I go to Eton? I am not sure it is still the case

:09:07.:09:11.

but up until recently there were more format Eton schoolboy 's than

:09:12.:09:15.

women in the Cabinet. Anything where you have a group that is that small

:09:16.:09:20.

and can have so much power is clearly wrong. Sense of entitlement,

:09:21.:09:27.

anyone? I think there are about 1000 boys at Eton, roughly. It is quite a

:09:28.:09:33.

big public school. So we are talking about 200 each year. And we are

:09:34.:09:40.

talking about a choice between 4000 or 5000 people here, which is tiny.

:09:41.:09:47.

That is tiny! But Michael Gove doesn't say that the reason he is

:09:48.:09:51.

stressing this is because it Tony Hamza equipped for these jobs, is

:09:52.:09:57.

being put patient, because there have been historic failings in the

:09:58.:10:01.

state system. -- Eton schoolboys are equipped for these jobs. They have

:10:02.:10:12.

this sense of entitlement and this extraordinary education funded by

:10:13.:10:16.

very rich parents. It does help them. Other people in the state

:10:17.:10:23.

system could be and will be very good state leaders but the system,

:10:24.:10:27.

such as it is, where we have this emphasis on private education, does

:10:28.:10:32.

not enable that to happen. It helps them because people like to be

:10:33.:10:35.

surrounded by people like themselves. Whether they have a

:10:36.:10:39.

sense of entitlement or not, they are entitled because David Cameron

:10:40.:10:42.

went to Eton and surrounds himself with his friends. But George Osborne

:10:43.:10:51.

did not. He went to Saint Pauls. The Tories offer the squeezed middle

:10:52.:10:55.

eight extra preview. According to the Times, there is a conflict with

:10:56.:10:59.

some of the headlines tonight. George Osborne is promising to help

:11:00.:11:02.

the squeezed middle in the next manifesto, but probably not in the

:11:03.:11:12.

next Budget. The Times says they offer a packs reprieve and the i

:11:13.:11:18.

says a snub to middle classes which seems to be contradicting each

:11:19.:11:23.

other. -- a tax reprieve. But the Chancellor is expected to increase

:11:24.:11:28.

the personal allowance to ?10,500 on the Budget on Wednesday. That's what

:11:29.:11:32.

the proposal is. Because the whole thing is about the who % tax rate

:11:33.:11:37.

and when it kicks in -- 40% tax rate. Historically it was not

:11:38.:11:43.

supposed to be more - it was supposed to be for the wealthy. It

:11:44.:11:48.

wasn't supposed to be... And Lord Lawson who was the Chancellor at the

:11:49.:11:54.

time said he didn't intend for that. And now 1 million are expected to go

:11:55.:12:00.

into the next tax rate and that's not necessarily a good thing. But

:12:01.:12:04.

the i is saying Osborne's Budget's snub to middle classes. The Times is

:12:05.:12:11.

looking ahead, isn't it? To the next manifesto. The i is concentrating on

:12:12.:12:16.

what is around the corner. What is happening is the Times has been fed

:12:17.:12:21.

information to make everyone think, or to make middle income readers of

:12:22.:12:25.

the Times think there is hope around the corner and if they hang on to

:12:26.:12:29.

the next manifesto, it will get better. That's what it looks like.

:12:30.:12:34.

And Labour will seize on this and say - yes, we are right there is a

:12:35.:12:38.

cost of living crisis which is the phrase they have neatly slotted into

:12:39.:12:42.

lots of our usage. We have to be very careful that we don't sort of

:12:43.:12:46.

take it as read Tharaya is exactly what we are seeing, that's -- that,

:12:47.:12:50.

that is exactly what we are seeing. That's what Labour is saying what we

:12:51.:12:57.

are suffering for. And Labour sauce there should be tax reductions for

:12:58.:13:02.

people on lowest incomes. -- and Labour is saying. There is help for

:13:03.:13:06.

people on lower incomes on Wednesday. But on the other end of

:13:07.:13:11.

the spectrum, the really high millionaires that have gone out of

:13:12.:13:13.

this Government, are perhaps the ones he should really be focussing

:13:14.:13:20.

his attention on. The Guardian has an exclusive on what is happening at

:13:21.:13:26.

the co-op. Shambles exposed from the group's senior independent director

:13:27.:13:30.

trying to overhaul the boardroom saying he sees reckless behaviour

:13:31.:13:36.

which could hinder the group. It is across all of its areas of interest.

:13:37.:13:41.

Every area of it is a disaster. The funeral home business, the pharmacy

:13:42.:13:46.

and farming conglomerate all of it needs to be radically reformed. It

:13:47.:13:52.

seems to be that the Co-op is ungovernable. It almost seems it is

:13:53.:13:58.

worse with the Co-op because we are led to believe it is run by its

:13:59.:14:04.

members for its members. It is a cooperative. It had an amazing

:14:05.:14:07.

history but I think earlier this week with the Chief Executive

:14:08.:14:11.

quitting so sudden will you, it certainly sent out this message that

:14:12.:14:14.

it was in a complete shambles. And we don't know what they are going to

:14:15.:14:18.

do. It sounds like things are going to go downhill. He is saying it'll

:14:19.:14:23.

deteriorate further unless it is radically reformed. It is such a

:14:24.:14:26.

popular name on the high street. It is sort of sad to think that a

:14:27.:14:31.

cooperative with those ideals, perhaps it is saying that it can't

:14:32.:14:36.

survive in today's economics. But John Lewis is a sort of

:14:37.:14:43.

ethically-minded partnership. It is poor management, with the crystal

:14:44.:14:47.

meth guy. That's the papers for this hour but

:14:48.:14:53.

Alice and Alison will be back with us in the next hour. But coming up

:14:54.:14:54.

next, time for Sportsday. Welcome to Sportsday.

:14:55.:15:16.

Our main stories tonight. Nicholas Anelka's future in English football

:15:17.:15:20.

looks over after announcing he has terminated

:15:21.:15:21.

Download Subtitles

SRT

ASS