20/03/2014 The Papers


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Melbourne but was later penalised for breaking new rules on fuel. All


of that to come in Sportsday in 15 minutes, after The Papers.


Welcome to our look ahead at what the papers will be bringing us


tomorrow. With me are the media commentator David Davies, and


Philippa Kennedy, the ombudsman for the Sun. We are going to start with


the Telegraph, which leads with the news that more than 2 million more


people have started paying tax at the 40% rate since the coalition


took power in 2010. A photo of possible aeroplane parts off the


coast of Australia dominates the front of the Guardian. As it does on


the front of the Mirror, saying it supports the theory that the plane


flew on for seven hours before crashing. And the missing jet is


also the front page lead on the Express, which suggests that a


bungled hijack may have been responsible for the plane going so


far off course. In the Sun, a very different story, an interview with


the Prime Minister by the comedian James Corden, while the Financial


Times looks at pension schemes are and how they have been affected by


the Budget. The Daily Mail has the same story. I suppose it is no


surprise that the search for the missing plane continues to dominate.


Let's start with the Daily Mirror, which has the headline... They are


using some of that satellite imagery. This is the story that


everybody is talking about. The number of theories about this is


incredible. I hope it isn't the jet, because if it is, then it means they


are all dead, instead of one of the many theories that perhaps the jet


has landed in some remote island and everybody is safe. But I think that


is so unlikely. I do not know if you have ever done any sailing, but in


the middle of an ocean like that, it is two miles deep. How on earth they


are going to even think of mounting a rescue, no, a salvage operation,


is going to be horrendous. The Malaysians do not have those kind of


submarines, or any of that kind of equipment. If it is there, of course


crunch indeed. And they are saying that it is a notoriously area, where


there can be a lot of garbage. These there can be a lot of garbage. These


pieces of James Corden look substantial, but as Philippa says,


two miles deep, and the comparable loss of that plane from Rio to


Paris, the Air France plane, which went down, and that was only, I say


only, one mile deep, and that took two years to find, after they had


found some wreckage, to find the black box. And then of course, even


when the debris is found, it is finding the black`box and then


understanding what happened. It could be some considerable time. The


Mirror is talking about another theory, that the plane flew on for


seven in fact, my father`in`law piloted a plane in Perpignan, and


something like that happened. There was a fracture of the exhaust


system, the air conditioning system, so everybody indeed, it flew into


the mountain, a DC nine, I think it was. Terrible. I have never been a


good flyer, are you? I never even thought about it before. But these


are the sort of things which stop people from taking flights. And of


course, it is on the front of several papers, but it is all


speculation. We do not know. Moving onto the Mail, which has the


headline... David, the Mail has made a real campaign of this, hasn't it?


They have, and they are very pleased with the Chancellor for what he has


done. But of course, there are problems with the consequences. And


some of those consequences are virtually immediate. The male is


highlighting, retirees poised to turn their pension pot into an


income, Dell Eugene providers with panic calls, fearing they will be


trapped in shoddy deals. `` deluge. This is a truly radical reform, for


which this Chancellor, whether you support him and his government or


not, will be remembered. But it will be really interesting to see, from


my point of view, the political consequences of this. And the way


that this Chancellor, who by any standards is, you think of Gordon


Brown as well, but the most political, politically sensitive, we


are told, Chancellor, in many moons. He has seen that the grey vote is


the vote that the Tories must have, to have any chance of being the


biggest single party. And of course, many pensioners do vote, it is a


high turnout. But it is interesting, 24 hours after the


Budget, we are beginning to pick apart what is going on. I was


speaking to a financial analyst earlier, who was saying that now,


many people who think they might live longer will keep annuities, but


that will mean the annuity providers might give less per year. We were


speaking about this earlier, you are just getting nothing for your money


these days. I might well go and buy the Lamborghini! If I thought I


could get into it! I am pleased you have mentioned that. Moving onto the


Guardian, it goes on the pensions story, with that very comment, from


the pensions minister. If people do get a Lamborghini and end up on the


state pension, that is their choice. Well, the thing about it is that


people who have saved more responsible people like us, hey?!


What am I going to do, go and blow it, by force, or whatever?! I think


they are the sort of people that can be trusted to make their own


decisions. But having temptation... It is just this wonderful, colourful


phrase. The minister who made this comment, Steve Webb, the Pensions


Minister, it is interesting for me that he is the person who has said


this. The only one of those Lib Dem ministers who is very well regarded.


If you go to the Telegraph this morning, there was a long article


from one of their writers, who, no great lover of the Lib Dems, who


praises Steve Webb to the hilt. And he has been in the forefront of


seeking to reform the pensions system. And I suppose those that


don't agree with this system just think that if people go and splash


out, they will be more reliant on the state, and the state will have


to support them even more? Absolutely. But on the other hand,


it is quite a nice thought. Let's say you were ill... You would be


tempted, wouldn't you? Well, not so much of the Lamborghini, but... As


long as it wasn't yellow. It is a bit like, do you think I could get


into a Lamborghini, at my age to mark of course! No, it is a big


thing. For me, you cannot be complaining about the nanny state,


as people still do, and then you have to take a view on this. For me,


if you have been saving for as many years, and putting money into


pension pots for as many years as some people have, surely you should


have the right to do with that money what you will. We will stampede in


our Zimmer frames down to the garage afterwards! It will be interesting


to see how that plays out. Staying with the Guardian, and Ukraine, and


one senses that along with the Malaysian jet, this really is the


story of this month, isn't it? It is. It is terrifying. We do not know


what is going to happen next. Is the West just going to go`ahead with


sanctions on Russian oligarchs, or do nothing? The Guardian is


suggesting that they might just blow a lot of hot air into the air, and


then agree that Crimea should go to Russia. That is what they are going


to do. And do nothing. The point is, what happens next? I am yet to find


any person who is uneasy still about the fact that an elected president


in Ukraine, who fled his country to go to Russia, is disowned by


everybody. Equally, Putin acts in the way that he has acted, which


seems to me to be against anybody's idea of international law, and


really, nobody is going to do anything about either. Because


everybody does what suits them. The question is, I have been to Don


Letts several times. `` Don `esque. If Putin starts to move in there as


well, it would seem to me... It is north of Crimea, and east of


Ukraine. Very Russian influenced. And you already hear rumblings, and


there have been demonstrations there as well, and the question is, what


does Putin do there? And if he moves there, I mean, imagine if George W


Bush had been president at the moment and Putin had acted in the


way that he has. Whether you agree with George W Bush or not, it


doesn't matter. Does anybody think that he would have acted the same?


In the Telegraph it is a different angle. What's interesting about both


is they make the point that America is going to start to put pressure on


Europe to ratchet up their sanctions. There are people putting


pressure on Obama as well. In the Daily Telegraph there's a picture of


Roman Abramovich. One prominent American, a leading critic of


Vladimir Putin as well, is saying that oligarchs like Roman Abramovich


should be targeted. I think he is playing playground stuff. Abramovich


is a big mate of Putin's isn't he? What's he going to do? He isn't


going to do anything. I think there's a lot of sabre`rattling


going on here. The Conservative MP for Braintree says he thinks Russian


oligarchs should be included in an expand expanded sanctions reef. The


story also said Government sources said there was no question of


sanction sanctions for the pair. I don't know why football comes into


it. The situation here is very clear in one sense. I don't think for a


minute that this Government is going to act against the likes of Mr


Abramovich and Mr Usmanov. Are they Putin's Cronies, as the expression


is used in several of the papers? Or are they private citizens who've no


official link with Mr Putin at all? David, you say you don't think that


that will happen, but do you think it should? I think that if you were


seriously doing something, taking on this challenge, of course you would


move in that way. But the reality is that nobody thinks, at the moment,


I'm saying what happens next is the key thing. If Putin continues and


moves on to Donetsk and the other countries in the former Soviet


Union, the ` even certain of the old Baltic states are saying hey, what


about us? Philippa, I can see the Sun having a lot of fun with this


story and suggesting ol backs should be targeted. `` oligarchs should be


targeted. The Sun had James Corden editing today, social worker viewing


the Prime Minister. I haven't `` editing today, interviewing the


Prime Minister. Looking at retirement. This one, retired? Help


others and live longer, is says Lord O'Donnell. People in their mid 60s


should volunteer to care for elderly people to pro long their lives and


stay out of hospital. I was looking at the front page tomorrow and it is


a very old front page. You've got the pensions, the silver voter


pension story. Then we've got a story about cutting down on salt to


avoid getting older. And this story is about 60`year`olds. Gus O'Donnell


saying if you are in your 60s you should be out there helping people


in their 80s, perhaps getting involved with Meals on Wheels, so


you don't become lonely and they don't and it will make you feel


young. I'm not sure from this story, I don't know if you are, as to what


is the evidence that pensioners who do not volunteer to help others when


they retire are knocking years of their life expectancy? It comes from


nowhere. He says, the author of a review which recommends that


Government should consider the effect of its policies on people's


happiness. This sounds like one of these people who've spent a lot of


money on this and a lot of time and they come out with something like


that at the end. We'll pursue that later in an hour's time. Stay with


us on BBC News, because at 11 o'clock we'll have more on the


search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane nearly two weeks


since it dispeer. Up next it's Sportsday.


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