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fascinating world Snooker final. In Madrid, players have gathered to


remember Elena Baltacha, who has died at the age of 30. Hello and


welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be bringing us


tomorrow. With me are Fay Schlesinger, home editor at the


Times, and Sarah O'Connor, who's economics correspondent at the FT.


We will be delving inside in a moment, but let's run through the


front pages. The Daily Express has news of a super pill, that experts


say will save millions of lives and add years to life. The Daily


Telegraph says according to a national review, hundreds of asthma


deaths could be prevented and is blaming GPs and health services. The


Metro is carrying a photo of Elena Baltacha, a shining light of tennis.


One in seven hospital beds is occupied by someone who was


diabetic, according to the Daily Mail. They say it is costing the NHS


?10 billion per year. The Financial Times is dominated by the takeover


bid for AstraZeneca from Pfizer. The Times say that top doctors condemn


shocking standards of care. The Guardian has details of a


ministerial letter which the papers claim could mean jobseekers losing


their benefits if they don't take zero our jobs. The Sun talks about


the changing face of Britain, and how a third of the population could


be nonwhite by 2051. We will turn to the Sun first.


Melting pot UK is their headline. This is based on a report from the


policy exchange, a rightleaning think tank, who have crunched some


numbers and done some forecasting, and they think that by 2051 a third


of the population in England and Wales will be nonwhite. That would


be quite a big change from now, and would change the face of Britain.


Not only in that sense, but it probably means we will be more


religious, and there will be lots of interesting political implications


as well. This is a 2`pronged story. There is nuance about how society


will be made up, and sociological trends, for the politicians, they


will be scouring through it and looking at what they need to do. In


2010, the Tories got among the ethnic minority voters, and got


16%, compared to 36 overall. It shows the massive distrust of the


Tories among ethnic minorities. In the Asian community, there is an


overrepresentation of small business owners and entrepreneurs, which are


areas that the Tories claim to be fully behind. Yet they are not


managing to crack the vote. You can't just lumped together ethnic


minorities, of course you can't, there could be some who been here


for several generations, newly arrived, here for lots of different


reasons, or who are living in the North of Scotland. There is a huge


range, but there is a problem that the Tories have in this area, and


Labour are doing much better. We know that Lynton Crosby, the


election guru for the Tories, has possibly said, don't bother with


ethnic minorities. You need to appeal to middle`class Britain, get


the economy going, don't be distracted by these things. This


research is and that come 2050, with this trend continuing, the Tories


will lose out. There is a quote saying that the Tories will be no


more unless they manage to crack this area. It reminds me of the


Democrats in the US. The Republicans have that idea, don't worry about


the poor, just focus on the core voters, and they were hit very badly


by this. They were pinning all of their electoral hopes of a group


that is diminishing. The cover is the headline is very unbiased. It is


a fact, and I just had a tweet from somebody who watched the 1030


version of this programme, saying they were concerned by the Daily


Telegraph headline. The headline is very balanced, that there is an idea


that they are undermining English identity, figures ethnic minorities


tend to see themselves as British, rather than English. I'm not


particularly bothered by that, but there is a line being walked. Some


of this will play into the hands of Ukip. Ukip's beef is with


immigrants, and people who come to this country as they say to take our


jobs. It is fascinating to look at for other reasons. Education is far


better through some minorities, like the Indian community and Bangladeshi


community, better than some white boys. It is necessary to be careful


to make generalisations. Let's turn our attention to the times. `` the


Times. Hundreds of asthmatic and is dying needlessly, that is their top


story. I think this is genuinely a shocking story for many people,


because most of us know somebody who has asthma to a greater or lesser


extent. It is such a common illness, especially among children. You see


kids at school, you feel like loads of them have inhalers. The idea that


1200 people die each year from asthma, including 40 children, it is


quite shocking. If we were on a par with other Western European


countries, you could say, well, we are doing our best. We are doing


worse than most countries in Western Europe, so we are obviously doing


something wrong. This study says that what is happening is that


children or adults are going to hospital with an asthma attack, and


they are sent home without any checks being done, and a large


proportion of those who die from asthma attacks have been to hospital


in the past month and are not being monitored. They have been given an


inhaler, and that is it. I think this year is the first time that


schools are allowed to keep spare inhalers. There was a ban on that,


but now they can. We are making steps forward, but it makes you


wonder. You have a good point about the view of the NHS from the US.


Stories like this play into the idea that socialised healthcare is a


terrible thing, because of things like this. Session with cutting


costs instead of giving the best care. Most British people would


think, that is nonsense, the NHS is fantastic. When you see things like


that, the Royal College of physicians finds that one of the


main reasons that two thirds of these deaths are preventable is that


doctors are trying to cut costs and are prescribing the wrong kinds of


inhalers to the wrong patients. Also, if you have asthma, you may be


seen by a nurse, and they are saying that sometimes those health


professionals don't have the right level of experience or expertise.


There are other story, which will hopefully have people jumping for


joy, a new scanner could end check`in misery. This is by the


science correspondence, and it is all about bottles of liquid at the


airport and all these things. There are 65 airports, including Heathrow


and Gatwick, that are trialling this new kind of scanner, which is using


rum and spectroscopy. `` Rahman spectroscopy. It is a way of


scanning liquids to make sure that they don't have explosives in them.


The limit on our liquids comes from the 2010 bombing attempt. Isn't it


so annoying way you go through airports and you have to strip off


and put all of your things in bags, and I was saying earlier that once


brought peanut butter back from a trip abroad, and they confiscated it


because they said it could be a liquid. They do need to find ways,


if we are going to show Britain to be open for business, what you don't


want his queues of people, and it feels like it is getting worse


rather than better. It will let people's lives a lot easier, and a


lot of goodwill will come from it if it works. I think it is the best


story I've heard all year! It is very exciting. You hear so many


stories, I won't bore you with mine. The one group that is great for is,


think of all those cosmetic companies who have made a fortune


from selling cosmetics in tiny bottles `` it will be bad for them.


It will be the end of the special travel accessory rack. There is a


downside to every story. Let's turn our attention to the Guardian. We


mentioned this when we were doing the runthrough of the top stories.


Jobseekers told they must take zero our jobs. A suggestion that they


could lose their benefits if they refuse to take a zero hours job.


What do zero hours contracts mean? It is one where you have a contract


of employment with your employer, but they won't tell you how many


hours you will have. It could be zero, it could be 48, or whatever.


They won't commit to a certain number. The employer has a lot of


flexibility, and you have very little, because you need to be


available to work in case they send you a text message and say, we need


you tomorrow. They have been controversial, we have had a lot of


new data about them taking over the market. The change seems to be that


previously there was no obligation to take that kind of job because of


the potential pitfalls. There has been this exchange of letters, and


the Labour MP has raised the possibility that that may change. In


theory, these contracts can be very well defended, with the idea that


unemployment has been a big problem in this country, it has now come


down to 7%, but we have the tourism industry. It changes day today on


basis of the weather. If a theme park suddenly needs loads more


people for a gorgeous bank holiday weekend, they should have


flexibility to do that. The idea has always been that if you are a worker


you have the choice to take a zero hours or not. This suggests that you


do have to. I think the contract are defensible within this current


climate, but as we come out of recession it could become


problematic. Clearly, the tone of the story has put the cat among the


pigeons at the DWP, because they have released... Some people in the


Guardian have been very much against it for a long time. They headline


they are saying that jobseekers are told they must take them. That is


not actually what they are saying. The DWP is saying that it is not


that people will be forced, there will still be discretion, but it may


well be that a zero hours contract is a good opportunity. If an


employer is saying, if you have this contract you can't work or anyone


else, the DWP are saying in that case we wouldn't insist on it. The


department is giving themselves some flexibility, which I think is


understandable stock yellow this is happening at exactly the same time


as whether `` that they are talking about whether to ban the contract


altogether. It seems a bit confused. We have been covering this


story all evening, Boko Haram in Nigeria saying that the 270


schoolgirls snatched may well be sold as slaves in the marketplace.


Ghastly, really. There is a video that the Guardian have seen with a


man claiming to be a spokesman of Boko Haram, saying that women aren't


worth anything, that they shouldn't be in education, and that they are


no better than slaves. The frightening thing about this story


is the idea that the new front that this extremist organisation will


face, is about female education. In the developing world, female


education is exactly what we need to get rid of extremist groups like


this. That is what they are going to for, you will get mothers across the


developing world, and they will say, I could send my child will school


but if she is at risk of kidnap and I won't do that. The other thing


that is fascinating is the Twitter campaign around it. It really did


get picked up. I had friends who saw it on Twitter before they saw it in


newspapers, because I think newspapers were quite slow to get it


on the front page. Politically Nigeria, there has been a lot of


criticism of Goodluck Jonathan, the president, we saw today this


television press conference he made, which is one of the first


opportunities he has taken to comment on it. It has been three


weeks, and he has given no public statement. You can understand why


there has been huge anger in the country about why they aren't doing


more, and why they aren't questioning and arresting people who


are activists, rather than people who actually did it. There is a


strange twist, with the wife of Goodluck Jonathan suggesting that it


is a conspiracy campaign against her husband, and that it never actually


happened. We are going to talk about the Daily Mail, Tesco declaring war


on pound shops. You can have ten seconds. You get Premier League


footballers in pound shops, they are so popular. It goes with the idea


that we are not ashamed to shop at little shops, and it is the lasting


effect of the recession. We are starting to get richer again. You


would think that might move, and we would go back to Waitrose. At the


other end of the market, Waitrose is doing quite well, so it is


polarising. Tesco are going to trial 60 stores, and might increase to 300


with a pound I'll, and we will see how they do. That is giving you a


flavour of what you might find it tomorrow's papers. Do you stay with


us. We will have the latest on the abduction of those girls in Nigeria


`` do stay. In the meantime, it is time for


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