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championship. Tennis 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 headlines 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.


Let's go through the front pages first of all. The Daily Express has


news of a super pill that will save millions of lives and adds years to


life. The Daily Telegraph says hundreds of


asthma deaths could be prevented according to a national review which


is blaming GPs and health services. The Metro carries a photo of Elena


Baltacha and the tributes to, "a shining light of the game". One in


seven hospital beds are occupied by someone with diabetic ` the Daily


Mail says it's costing the NHS ten billion pounds a year. The Financial


Times frontpage is dominated by the politics surrounding the takeover


battle between the pharmaceutical giants Astrazenca and Pfizer. The


plight of asthma victims also dominates the Times which says top


doctors condemn shocking standards of care. The Guardian has details of


a ministerial letter which could mean job`seekers could lose their


benefits if they don't take 0`hours jobs. Let's go through some of those


stories. We will start with the Daily


Telegraph and the story about asthma. They are saying two thirds


of deaths from asthma could be prevented, according to statistics


they have got. This is from the Royal College of physicians. People


do die from asthma at the rate of 1002 and a year, including 40


children. I was asthmatic when I was a child. For mild sufferers you have


your inhaler and you get on with life. This is a reminder of how bad


it can be. The NHS is doing badly. The Royal College of physicians are


using the word, horrifying. Not only that, in western Europe, Britain is


doing really badly. It is not just that it is a difficult condition,


people are having an attack, going to hospital and then being sent home


again. They are laying this at the door of costs and the doctors are


not comfortable with how they should be dealing with people with asthma?


This is a story the American anti`Healthcare people would jump


on. Doctors are prescribing inhalers to the wrong kind of people. They


are trying to keep costs down. The story says there is a 10% rise in


asthma deaths, that is a big rise. It is a condition you would think we


would be adept at taking on. We all know somebody with asthma. There was


an inquest last month about a girl who had a horrible asthma attack and


the ambulance went to the wrong place. There was some stats out last


week looking at child mortality rates in Britain and showing we were


worst across the whole of Western Europe. We were on a par with Serbia


and Poland. Iceland have half of the child deaths we have. We are very


proud of the NHS, and rightly so, but what are we doing? There is a


theme to the stories, health is one of them. The other one is the issue


of ethnic identity and, " foreigners" if we say it that way.


It is to do with the ethnic make`up of England and how different ethnic


groups will change English identity. Tell us about this policy exchange


figure? It is a significant story. Policy exchange is a new think tank


but it looks like a rigorous piece of work. They said the non`white


population make up 20% of the population by 2050. That will be a


radical shift in the way this country looks and feels. Big


political implications, if you are a Conservative minister reading that,


I think you might be a little bit nervous. You can argue about this


case, whatever UKIP are saying, they are not foreigners, they will be


people living here. We will be just talking about the colour of skin.


Nevertheless, these are not foreigners, but there are


differences we should be happy about. Ethnic minorities have a


higher vertebrate and this country needs people of working age to


support the ageing population. `` higher birth rate. The study does


point out it may not help because you could get more segregation


depending on where people live. And educational attainment. Not across


the board of the Bangladeshi community is doing great as is the


Indian born community, or second and third generation Indians. Better


than young, white boys. You hope it is good news, but the impact for the


Tory party who are doing so badly among ethnic minorities, Enoch


Powell is still on their shoulder and they cannot shake it. One of the


point is this raises is political parties need to think differently.


They cannot put people into non`white Britons and white British.


They have found different ethnic groups may have different feelings


about the Conservative Party or the Labour Party. Lumping it into two


big groups is ridiculous. I am sure the parties are becoming aware of


that now, but the Tories, 2050 is a wake`up call. You say they are


realising, but the election Dureau for the Tories said targeting the


ethnic minority vote is a bad idea. I don't know whether they are


targeting it. This issue should not be confused with the issue of


foreigners. But that is what the Daily Express, on page two, have


said. This is not about the nuance of the way society is made up that


scandal of foreign rapists on our streets. The headline figure is,


4000 convicted migrants are still wondering around on our streets.


These are people who have served their time and been let out and have


been given leave to stay here. It is not as if they are evading the


authorities. But 4000 is at the top, but it concedes later on only eight


of these are murderers and 48 rapists. They have been through our


courts to have decided they are exceptional circumstances. Will we


endorse the idea of somebody who has committed an horrific crime in


Britain to be sent back to his country to be killed in that


country? We are complicit in that. There are interesting issues on


human rights when you hear about the government taking on the legal


system. We have had Theresa May saying on more than one occasion, "


I don't like the decision that has been taken". We are meant to have an


independent judicial system. This is a misleading story because they are


not just free to roam the streets, it has been decided in a court of


law. But this kind of territory makes people cross in a run`up to a


general election. How come if people have done dreadful things can evade


deportation by saying, what about my human rights. They cannot marry the


two together. We have not said the word, " UKIP" yet. AstraZeneca


calling on the Prime Minister to be neutral over Pfizer. Elements of


caution emerging? AstraZeneca are saying to the Prime Minister, can


you just be quiet. Your comments are not helpful. The Prime Minister is


saying, I am not trying to interfere, it is a big deal for the


UK. AstraZeneca has rebuffed Pfizer's approach. It is endorsing


what Ed Miliband said over the weekend, which was David Cameron was


in danger of sounding like a cheerleader for the Pfizer


acquisition. Last week I was taking the view, white is the government


getting involved in a private deal between two big drug companies. When


you think there is this public interest test for some deals. Deals


involving financial stability and national security, there is a public


interest test the government steps in for. Why wouldn't they get


involved in a deal that could cost a lot of jobs and the back story from


Pfizer on jobs is not great. You cannot keep adding a new industry


every time something comes up you might get upset about. We need a


foreign policy of what we think about foreign takeovers and I think


the lines are a bit blurred. This takeover has stuttered, but not yet


stopped. And this 26th of May deadline, also talks of a hostile


takeover bid? It is almost certain that Pfizer will come back with a


higher offer. AstraZeneca has a point. If you value all of their


savings, I think they need to offer a bit more. Whether it goes hostile,


I don't know, but it will be an interesting story to watch. Let's


stay with the business world every move to the Daily Telegraph, people


at home will be interested in this. It is about Amazon linking with


Twitter. We see the commercial opportunities with Twitter. If you


have a product advertised on Twitter, and you want to buy it, you


just have to do a tweet with a hash tag and that product will be put


into my Amazon basket. That is a small step but it is the world


Amazon and Internet shopping needs to conquer. The ease at which we can


buy products just makes us more likely to buy them. I shop so much


on Amazon because it is easy and in one place. With the choice the


Internet offers, I find myself more streamlined. If I was on the high


street I would go into a few shops to try it on shoes or whatever. But


online I use Amazon. It is to go to place. There is a study showing that


we are so flummoxed by choice it is too much for us. Simplify the


offering. There's is a feature, add it now, buy it later. So you are not


hitting a button and then parting with a lot of cash. This idea is


bizarre. It is so easy. One click and you have bought it. It is great


and Amazon always does it. It adds an extra step. Then you have to go


into Amazon and then buy it. Not sure how many of my followers on


Twitter would keep following the if they had to clicking into other


things to see what DVD I have wrought. It is a way of telling your


friends you have just bought this. Who wants to know? Amazon would.


Twitter is a forum where your daily life, your boring walk to work


becomes public knowledge. You can say, that Granny is their feeding


her cat. Private lives have become external, so why not our shopping


lives. The Daily Express ` super pill adds years to life. We're


talking not about asthma, this is heart disease, talking of


simplifying the offering. This is about getting four drugs into one


magic pill. It's the most obvious thing in some ways, and yet really


important. So it's a polypill, which contains two blood pressure drugs,


aspirin and statins and the combination of those drugs is proven


to reduce your risk of heart attack and strokes. Brilliant. We know that


already. They're saying when you put them into one pill, you're more


likely to stick with it, because sitting and having to take four


pills a day is annoying, so taking one is easier, so the adherence to


the pills is higher. It's important because we don't have unending


streams of money. Our NHS budget is through the roof. We need to get


control on that. A way to do that is by influencing people's behaviour


around drugs, not just doing what Pfizer and AstraZeneca do,


developing the drugs, but saying we have the drugs in place, how can we


make people take them? It's a simple thing but it works. Will talk more


in an hour. For now, thanks very much. That's it from the papers for


now. We'll be back as we say 11. 30, for another look at the stories


making the news. More front pages coming in between now and then. Stay


with us. At 11, we have the latest on the abduction of the 200 girls in


Nigeria. Now it's time for Sportsday.


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