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That is in 15 minutes, after the papers.


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


us tomorrow. With me are Paul Johnson, deputy editor of The


Guardian, and media commentator Tim Collins. Good to have you both here.


They have relived a few personal insults, so they are nice and limb.


Tomorrow's front pages: . The Express leads with a report by


MPs that condemns proposals to allow the taxman to take money out of


people's bank accounts without their permission.


That's also the lead in the Telegraph, which says the Treasury


plans, which would mean no court order is needed to take money from


accounts, is "very concerning", given the history of mistakes by HM


Revenue and Customs. And the Mail adds that money could


be taken from joint bank accounts even if one partner owes nothing.


The FT goes with Barclays' announcement to cut 7,000 jobs in


their investment banking division, sounding a retreat from a part of


the business that was once at the heart of its operations.


The Mirror has a story from a family who found their grandmother dead in


an NHS hospital before staff realised.


The Metro claims that tenants are facing the worst eviction rate in a


decade, with nearly 50,000 possession claims lodged by


landlords in the first three months of this year.


The Guardian leads with a highly critical report by MPs that calls


for reform of oversight of the UKs intelligence agencies.


And the Scotsman's picture story is that armoured cars are ready to


protect Nigel Farage when he makes are returned as it's northern


border. `` a return visit. So let's begin


with this taxman story that seems to have affected a few of the papers.


The Daily Express says, taxman raid on our bank accounts, plans to let


the taxman take cash out of our accounts without permission have


been condemned by MPs. How can they do this, because normally a court


order is necessary? This is a terrific story. It turns out that


this proposal, whereby the unseen hand could dip into your account and


retrieve whatever has been calculated as missing by the HMRC,


was in the small print of the Budget. But like many parts of the


Budget, it was not noticed at the time. So it has taken the select


committee and its Tory chairman to bring this to public attention. HMRC


said there are certain safeguards here. You have got to have been


contacted four times and you have to owe more than ?1000. But many people


are saying this is outrageous and that lots of things will not work


here. The Daily Mail has picked up on this line about going into joint


accounts. If the husband owed the money, the money would be retrieved


for a joint account. Surely any people who do pay their taxes should


be grateful that HMRC are going to do this and claw`back some money


that people refuse to hand over? I don't think many taxpayers will be


grateful about this. People under part is of many different colours


have made terrific mistakes with IT processes. The HMRC lost a disk with


child benefit details. They have repeatedly been found to get


calculations wrong for millions of people in terms of tax credits. This


story gets worse the more you look into it. Paul was right. The Daily


Express says they could go into your bank accounts. The Daily Mail says


they could go into joint account even if one partner does not owe any


tax at all. So much for the idea of separate taxation. And they could


even go into your ISAs. So even those things that you sort were


preserved for your children and grandchildren for many years to come


could be raided by the taxman, without any notice or any court


order. You have both mentioned the Daily Mail. Let's show the


headline. Wife could lose cash if husband is in arrears. That article


makes the point that many couples are independent about their


finances, maybe even secretive. It will come as a shock to see that


money might have been taken when you did not even know your partner was


in arrears. That is right. There could be lots of disputes behind


curtains there. We know that many people on PAYE are on the wrong tax


code. So it is right that people should pay the right amount, but it


is also right that they should be asked for the right amount, so there


will be inherent problems with this. They are saying this will only


happen if the taxman has tried to contact you four times, but you can


easily see how someone could just press a button to send out letters


on four excessive days and they just do not reach you and before you know


it, you look at your bank account and see that your direct Brits are


bouncing and you are falling into arrears on your mortgage. It is an


absolute horror story. I am a former Tory MP myself and I think this


shows that George Osborne had a tin ear on this. We have a deficit, but


you should be thinking about how ordinary taxpayers could face


serious financial difficulties as a result of incompetence if the HMRC


are given this power. But he is also being told to clamp down on tax


avoidance, particularly from those who earn a lot and do not pay much


tax. Even so, small amounts do add up. They say it is about 17,000


people. It could be where money is disjointed. They are talking about


elderly and vulnerable people where post has not necessarily got through


or contacts have not been made. There is always the course to the


courts. You realise you have just agreed with each other? Don't


worry, it will not last. This next story will divide you. The Telegraph


says Michael Gove says Ofsted should inspect private schools to make sure


that fee`paying education is held to the highest standards. Why not, Tim?


Well, again, sorry to say this because I am a conservative, but I


have to disagree again with a Conservative Cabinet minister. The


key to the meaning of independent schools is the first word,


Independent. They are not supposed to be inspected by the state. They


are supposed to be outside the national curriculum if they so


choose. They are supposed to be able to set their children different


exams. And to put them under Ofsted runs the risk of turning them into


state schools with fees, the worst of both worlds. I suspect that


Michael Gove is trying to do some political positioning and say, we


are not the Tory toffs. I went to a state school. I don't think


independent schools should begin from special privileges. But the


danger is that we are taking some of the best schools not just in the


country, but in the world that attract people into this country


from all over the world because of their tremendous strengths and their


independence and the fact that they have been around for centuries doing


things very well, and we will try and turn them into bog`standard


bumper hence it is. If Michael Gove gives that power to Ofsted, it will


take both worked at independent schools. It is a dangerous thing for


an Education Secretary to do and an astonishing thing for a conservative


Education Secretary to do. I wonder if the story is all that it seems.


Many independent schools in this country and members of the


Independent schools Council, which are inspected by the independent


schools inspectorate. That body is monitored by, you guessed it,


Ofsted. It is all very circular. It is an arm's length position for many


schools anyway. So I do not take the view that Tim takes about this, but


I am sure the thing about political positioning may be true. Staying


with the Telegraph, traffic lights to stay red longer. Why? It appears


that they have calibrated the pace at which you cross the road in the


1950s, and it is four feet a second. But since then, we have not


calibrated the speed at which the over 65s cross the road, and men


over 65 cross the road on average at three feet a second, women at two a


second. So you either have to hurry up or take your chance. The green


flashing man is one symbol, of course. Other symbols are the cat


down. At if you are pedestrian, you are thinking, I could give that


another few seconds and nip across. If you are in a car, you are


thinking, this is taking ages. But it appears we have not accounted for


a growing elderly population which is taking a bit longer to cross the


road. It depends on your perspective as a pedestrian or a driver. I love


that because it is the Telegraph, all the speeds are in feet and


inches. I suspect that with other papers, it would be metres and


centimetres. But the point is that we are all living longer and there


are many older people around now that were in the 1950s. It clearly


makes sense to look at this. The AA have a sensible point, which is to


say that where you can, or you could do it by adjusting Caps dance and


having more of the countdowns so that people know how long they have


got `` the countdowns. A huge amount of work for somebody.


The Guardian, Number Ten woos Ulster MPs in case of a hung parliament.


The paper is saying David Cameron is not afraid of playing the Orange


card. I do think this is a slightly overtakes it `` overstated story.


All that has happened as the Prime Minister has hosted a reception at


Downing Street for Democratic Unionist members of Parliament. It


was a lavish reception. Any Tory is a top Tory so if you want to make a


point, any reception at Downing Street is lavish. I suspect there


were a couple of sausages on sticks and not a lot more. I have been to


some, not that particular one. The Prime Minister will hold receptions


in Downing Street very regularly. But the DUP are going to be useful,


aren't they? What it points to is as the polls have closed, people are


thinking about what the permutations might be in a hung parliament. For


the Conservative Party to only need the support of the Democratic


Unionists, they would have to be so very close to having an overall


majority because there are only eight DUP MPs. They are the biggest


party in Northern Ireland but they do not have many to start with. He


would probably want to have that in his pocket. My suspicion is that if


David Cameron does not have an overall majority, his preference


would be to continue the current coalition. Whether the Liberal


Democrats or his current backbenchers would let him do that,


is another matter. One lavish party with sausages on sticks does not


seem like high rise to pay. This reminds you that the DUP are the


fourth biggest party in Parliament with eight seats. It does describe a


jolly event. The children were outside running around. It was a


nice sunny evening and it was the evening that Gerry Adams was


arrested so they were probably in a jolly mood. I suspect that was a


coincidence. I suspect that there will be a much bigger story if it


was felt that Downing Street had known in advance that Gerry Adams


would be arrested. I suspect that was a genuine coincidence. The DUP


is unjust and party. It is broadly on the centre`right. It is


Eurosceptic. It is quite right`wing populist. One issue that the


Conservative government or David Cameron in particular will would


have is they are quite strongly homophobic and they have gone on


record with strong attacks on gays and David Cameron is the man who


made gay marriage legal. It would not this early in the NEC marriage.


If we stay to the end of this review, what would be appealing


about the DUP? Supposedly the demands they would make in a


coalition would be local? They would be local. It would be money, it


would be benefits in kind, infrastructure spending and so on.


As Tim says, they are not on the liberal side. I do not think they


would be a coalition. You would not have the DUP joining the government,


they would not be joining the coalition. It is simply that if they


did not have a majority they would allow it to get its own measures


through with a few rides, just as the Labour government did in the


1970s. That is all we have time for. But my guests will be back at


11:30pm. Stay with us here on BBC News. At 11 o'clock, the latest on


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