14/03/2014 The Papers


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


story is "Pirates stole missing plane".


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


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


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


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


snub to middle classes" is their headline.


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


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


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


EU citizenship". And the Guardian have a picture of


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


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


Perhaps predictably, we begin with tributes that have been paid


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


were said. Different circumstances but both avid socialists from


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


sentences, proper thought out phrases that he was saying


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


properly recorded. He really believed in the importance of


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


would have expected this kind of reaction. You mentioned his


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Malaysia Airlines which disappeared a week ago. Pirates stole missing


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


interesting, because they are traceable. Everybody's mobile


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


this sense of entitlement and this extraordinary education funded by


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


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


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


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


surrounded by people like themselves. Whether they have a


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


trying to overhaul the boardroom saying he sees reckless behaviour


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


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


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


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


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


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


history but I think earlier this week with the Chief Executive


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


next, time for Sportsday. Welcome to Sportsday.


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