21/03/2014 The Papers


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them get to the last eight on Wednesday. And we will tell you


about the new leaders of Super League. That is all after The


Papers. Hello and welcome to our look ahead


to what the papers will be bringing tomorrow. I can sense some kind of


gladiatorial combat. Tony Grew and Matthew Syed are here with us


tonight. Tomorrow's front pages. On the story of the missing plane,


the Telegraph has the transcript of the exchanges between the co`pilot


and air traffic control ` their headline, "Last 54 minutes of flight


MH370". The Mirror's take on the recordings


is "Moment plane flew into dead space".


The Financial Times leads with the crisis in Ukraine ` their headline


"Sanctions batter oligarchs' stocks".


The i go with a warning for the Government ` "Doctors tell Hunt,


"You're damaging the NHS"". The Express says that the changes to


pensions, following the budget, will result in house prices soaring.


The Independent reports that a Matisse painting stolen by the Nazis


has been returned to its rightful owners.


The Times claims that viewers who fail to pay their licence fee may


lose their reception in future ` their headline "Block TV signal for


licence fee dodgers". And the Guardian features a picture


of Kate Bush on their front page, with the story that she's to tour


for the first time in 35 years. We will make a start with the story we


have been covering every day for the last two weeks, and still it goes


on. In the Daily Telegraph, the last 54 minutes of flight MH370. The


paper has got hold of the transcript of the exchanges between the


co`pilot and air traffic control. It is kind of anodyne. It is 54 minutes


and it does not bring the story along. It is a series of three


communications between the tower in Kuala Lumpur, instructing the plane


to contact Ho Chi Minh City. This is apparently the moment at which the


plane is most vulnerable, moving from the air traffic control of one


country and into another. Pilots and experts have been saying this is a


moment of vulnerability. One pilot says, if I was going to steal the


aeroplane, that is the point at which I would do it. For quite a


long time we have been talking about the last words from the plane, which


were, all right, good night, having been told by air traffic control in


Malaysia, please contact Ho Chi Minh City, good night. It is that


crossover point. It is so banal. And yet we are still talking about it.


It is a source of endless fascination. There were apparently


two strange features about this otherwise entirely anodyne


transcript. The one that Tony mentioned. The other, for what it is


worth, is that the first message from the cockpit saying the plane


was flying at 35,000 feet was an unnecessary message, because it


repeated one delivered six minutes earlier. And it occurred at a


crucial moment. That is when the signalling device sent its last


message. These are the two anomalies in what is otherwise a perfectly


normal set of communications between air traffic control and the lost


airliner. It is an endlessly fascinating story. We live in a


world where our smartphone knows where we are but we cannot find


hundreds of people on a plane. And there are dozens of nations looking


for it. My view is that it has sunk, but some of this evidence makes me


think, what has happened? I think this will be leading the news for a


while. There is possibly a wider story, which is that despite this


accident, hijacking, or whatever it turns out to be, aviation has an


impressive safety record. If you compare it with 70 years ago when


the U.S. Postal Service were using it for air mail and there were


crashes every week. I think there were 290 deaths from 2.9 billion


passenger flights, and that safety record has not happened by accident.


An anonymous reporting system, international cooperation, the


willingness to search for the data recorder, deconstruction of the


cockpit voice recording transcript, all these things ensure that when


mistakes happen there are institutional changes, procedural


changes to ensure they do not happen again, which is a model for other


areas of transportation, medicine and lots of other things beside. The


track record is not an accident. Do you think, given that those


instinctive efforts to make sure it is safe, there will be even more


they will learn from this? The Malaysia and authorities in


particular have been criticised about their response, the fact that


they seem to be giving out false information, which may be unfair,


because they are giving out information they believe to be true


at the time. As always, Matthew is half right. Safety is good in some


parts of the world. In developing nations, that is not the case.


Friends who fly in some parts of the world are very concerned about the


aircraft. This might be a wake`up call for Malaysia. Maybe its


infrastructure and control and safety systems are not as strong as


in Europe and the US. But if you compare it with shipping, where


ships fly under flags of convenience, where inshore and has


bedevilled the international cooperation, if something goes down


in British jurisdiction, the aviation authority, the independent


aircraft investigation scheme will look at it, try and learn lessons,


and any other interested parties, manufacturers of engines. The


international cooperation is first class. The fact that this is a


bowling means that Boeing will be spending a lot of time, money and


resources on this search, because they will need to know. It is


probably also worth saying this is not just altruistic. There is a


powerful commercial imperative because the cost of these airliners


is significant. It is not just the cost of replacing it, but the cost


of having an aircraft out of operation. There are good commercial


reasons. They want the rest of us not to be put off. 239 people on


board. Two weeks of frantic waiting. It is an awful situation


for those people because they have no answers. They don't know whether


they are coming back or not. You want to remain optimistic until you


know that hope has gone. One quick point, one thing about people who


have been victims of accidents, they often say that the one consolation


we can take from this is that it will not happen again. The pilot who


landed the airliner on the Hudson, the miraculous ditching, he said the


reason we have the fly by wire technology, the crew re`source


allocation management and all the things which led to that successful


ditching, is because the blood of people who had died was preserved in


institutional knowledge. We learned the lessons, and that might at some


stage provide consolation for the families of those we think have


died. But we have never seen a case like this. The Daily Express love a


house price story. This time, linked to the changes to help people use


their pensions, not having to buy an annuity. At some point next year,


you will not have to buy an annuity, which is a gamble, whether you get


the right one, whether it will generate enough income for you.


People say, take out the lump sum and buy property. You can understand


why they would want to do that. They will either have a relatively low


income for the years between taking the annuity and when their


retirement comes to an end, the euphemism used by Ed Balls for when


people die. If they take out the lump sum the danger is twofold, the


one the Daily Express identifies, they could go into housing,


inflating house prices and making it harder for young people to get on


the property ladder. The other significant issue is that if people


overextend themselves, it is their responsibility, which is the point


the Lib Dems and the Conservatives are making, a strong libertarian


position, but if they do, who will be picking up the baby 20 years down


the line? It could be the taxpayer. This gives a difficult calculation


and Labour have not come ``, with a response for this. If they come out


in favour, it may be that something comes back to bite them but if they


don't, there are political risks associated with that, too. Hello.


Itching to say something. At the moment, if you have a private


pension, you have to buy the annuity. The government is saying,


this is your money and you should know how to spend it. It has taken


the present a few days to work out the unintended negative


consequences. This is potentially disastrous for the government. We


already have a housing boom and bubble in the south`east. If people


are investing their pension in property, they will not be buying in


depressed northern towns. They will be buying in the south`east, where


we already have a housing bubble starting to develop and it is


difficult for people like me, frankly, to get on the property


ladder at all. But you are in favour of the policy? I am sort of in


favour of it. I think most people cannot be trusted with half ?1


million. That is patronising, isn't it? We are getting rid of annuities


because they are not providing people with the return that they


require. That may well be to do with the state of the market, so it might


be a short`term vote winning policy but it could end up with hundreds of


thousands of people saying, I spent my money on a Lamborghini and now I


need a state pension. I think we should trust them. If people have


saved for their retirement, we should trust them. I am going to


move you on. Doctors tell Jeremy Hunt is damaging the NHS. What would


he say in the sponsor? That the Coalition Government have brought


forward reforms meaning the GPs are in charge of the health service. It


is important to note that the health service is different in Wales,


Northern Ireland and Scotland, but in England we now have Clinical


Commissioning Group 's which are responsible. I find it difficult


that doctors, probably the highest paid public sector workers, are


complaining about their outrage over a decision to block a 1% pay rise to


doctors. They are not the people who are going to the food banks. The


countries in crisis and all public sector workers being squeezed. So it


is a bit of brass neck for the highest paid public sector workers


to complain. If you speak to people who work in the NHS, they will say


they are in a mess. The NHS, the key thing it needs to do is to develop a


high performance culture. Use as much data as possible to drive


outcomes onwards and upwards. In medical culture, it is a covering up


of mistakes, sometimes the regulator is covering up the stakes. That is a


significant, cultural change that goes beyond questions of structure


and all the things this story is about. The idea, which I think it's


very powerful, of using the data from GP to drive the Centre for


clinical excellence across England and Wales, that must go through. We


need to get serious. People do not trust them with data because they


lose it. They put tax records on a compact disc and leave them on a


train. The Government cannot be trusted to handle IT in the way it


should be handled. That is why some people are concerned about it. If we


can get it right, the reputation of Britain as a world leader in medical


science can only be enhanced. Now in the financial Times. Sanctions


batter oligarch stocks. Who would have thought that someone with


billions of pounds of wealth would start to feel the pinch so soon.


Putin said the sanctions might be biting but it is a musky terabyte,


it does not make any difference. `` a musky tome bite. These


interconnections between the people at the top. I do not think it will


be enough to change Russia 's behaviour. America is saying to


companies, you are not going to do business. The EU squabble over what


they will do. The US have hit them and hit them hard. People are not


processing payments. That shows you some of America 's economic muscle.


We are going to look at Michelle Obama, unusually, playing ping`pong.


We are in the presence of table tennis royalty here. She is hugely


popular, isn't she? More than her husband. You do the sport. The First


Lady, it is interesting, Michelle Obama was down in the 40s at the


start of this presidency and she is way up in the 70s, 80s. She is a


huge asset for a president who is seen as lacklustre. The other thing


is, given his knowledge of everything now is, what I love about


this is this is actually `` has actually got great echoes of the


original ping`pong diplomacy in the 1970s. They went to China, the first


since the Long March. It was a seminal moment in history. It is all


about the hinterland. Thank you to our producer who gave us extra time


to talk about those stories. I will be in trouble. Next is the sport.


Hello and welcome to Sportsday. Coming up... He took them there but


he won't be with them. Robin van Persie is out for four to six weeks,


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