16/05/2014 The Papers


No need to wait until tomorrow morning to see what's in the papers - Martine Croxall presents a lively and informed conversation about the next day's headlines.

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


bringing us tomorrow. With me are Jennifer Howze, journalist and


co`founder of Brit Mums, and the Sunday Post's Westminster


correspondent James Millar. Thank you for joining us this evening.


Tomorrow's front pages: The Mail leads with claims that


migrants who don't speak English can buy language certificates, helping


them en route to British citizenship.


The Independent has a picture of a British`born man it says is


suspected of masterminding Boko Haram bomb attacks in Nigeria. The


Mirror claims NHS bosses pocketed hundreds of millions of pounds in


extra pay last year, as nurses were hit by a one percent fall in their


wages. The Express says the taxpayer is


paying for asylum seekers to be secretly housed in hotels.


The number of people being investigated by the HMRC has doubled


according to the Telegraph. The Financial Times leads with


India's election and the historic victory by Narendra Modi and the


BJP. And the Guardian's headline has


allegations that child protection services are going to be privatised.


And The Times leads with a report from war correspondent Anthony Loyd,


describing the moment he and a colleague were captured in Syria


this week. Let's begin, and we will start with


the Mail, with the headline, cheat your way to a passport. As a


non`British born London living journalist, what do you make of this


story? Well, I am British now but I took the citizenship test. In fact,


couple of friends of mine have just taken it. It has been getting harder


and harder to become a citizen with the English language test and the


citizenship test. As a native English speaker, I did not have to


worry about that but most people I know like that the test is Mayor,


because it was only introduced in the past decade or so. `` they like


that the test is there. This was secret filming at one centre,


according to the Mail. They basically say that you can buy a


certificate which says you have passed the test and you don't even


need to sit it. If true, James, very serious allegations. It feeds into


immigration being a big story with the European elections coming up and


UKIP gaining a lot of their support on the back of an anti`immigration


ticket. This does suggest that, once again, the government is not on top


of the problem as much as they could be. They have this target of tens of


thousands of immigrants by the end of the parliament. That is not going


to happen, certainly if you can cheat your way to a passport. On a


similar vein, we will move onto the Express, because it is a different


story but looking at that, migration issue. Their headline ` asylum


seekers in 4`star hotels. The allegation that asylum seekers are


being secretly housed in hotels, luxury hotels, with a spark, summing


pool and health club, at a cost to taxpayers of ?900,000. `` a swimming


pool. This is equating all immigrants with asylum seekers, of


course. It ignores, and it is preying on the idea that asylum


seekers are here to exploit the country. There are many asylum


seekers who are here legitimately seeking asylum. But of course, if


they are being housed in hotels, or other inefficient ways, that just


does not work. There is no suggestion that these are bogus


asylum seekers, to use the old`fashioned term. Until they are


processed, we won't necessarily know. But the bill is big and it


will annoy a lot of people. Yes, absolutely. Interestingly, it


involves GeForce S, most famous, of course, for making a right old mess


of the Olympics. Everyone hated them in 2012, and yet they are still


getting these come back `` contacts, and still making a mess of


things. However many in the sudden influx of new arrivals turn up, it


begs the question, what do you do with them? To be fair to the


company, this is apparently a result of simply too many, a sudden influx


leading to overcrowding. As you say, they have to have a bed


somewhere, I suppose. Exactly. This caused a bit more debate between you


outside, the Telegraph headline ` innocent victims of tax raiders. The


Telegraph has an interesting take, saying the number of people being


investigated by the taxman has doubled in one year. According to


this, it is claimed that they tend to be going after self`employed


people. And an interesting list of those it says have been targeted `


middle`class professionals, doctors, lawyers, teachers. James. Where do


you start with this? You are quite supportive. More self`employed


people have been investigated because there are more self`employed


people. The country is bust, so probably HMRC should be trying to


catch those who are fiddling their taxes. The idea that being a


teacher, doctor or lawyer make sure a soft target I find quite


remarkable, because you can still be a crook and be a teacher, doctor or


lawyer. I think we have to just make clear that, yes, in any sense... I


am not suggesting that they all are. But this paper is suggesting these


are sometimes just mistakes on, the catered forms. If anyone has tried


to fill these out, they run two pages and pages. What bothers me


about this story and will bother a lot of people is that individuals,


they are soft targets. Individuals are pursued and they mostly pay up,


especially working people. They are not independently wealthy, not


corporations. You go after them for the little things, rather than


tackling the big things that have been in the news about confiscated


tax avoidance schemes the government needs to go in and close some


loopholes, or corporations that maybe are not paying their fair


share. Those are more difficult, but once they attacked those, they get


more revenue ward at once, they get more revenue going forward because


those people pay going forward. Innocent mistakes, one`time


mistakes, or even over a few years, how much revenue will be brought him


from this? They are putting the figure at ?35 billion of tax lost


every year, but not through the innocent victim angle, which is what


this is all about. I see no evidence that these are innocent victims.


There is no figure for how many people have been convicted or not.


It is difficult to know how many are genuine mistakes. HMRC is not exempt


from making mistakes. Indeed not. Onto the Independent, and they have


gone for a story that I have not seen on any other pages for


Saturday's papers, the British face of Boko Haram. James, do you want to


explain that? It is interesting that it is on the front page because it


is a link to Boko Haram, in Nigeria, who have kidnapped over 200


schoolgirls. That was a big story last weekend and has kind of drifted


off the front pages, sadly, because it is still, clearly, a terrible


story. It is back on the front page because this chap is, well, they are


trying to extradite him to Nigeria for a couple of bombings he is


accused of in the suburbs of Abuja, the capital. The story is that he


was radicalised when he was a student at University in Wales. This


is something which the Americans have been warning about for a long


time, both in America and Britain, the radicalisation of young people,


going abroad to fight and the fear of them coming back here to the


mainland as well. This is a Welsh university student. When you read


this, they seem to have gone through it fairly detailed, about his links,


they believe. Yes. I think it taps into this concern about this fear of


radicalisation. Mostly young men, although some young women as well,


being drawn to these extreme groups and really struggling in the UK. How


do we deal with that, keep it from appealing to them? What is it that


is appealing to them that makes them want to go and kill hundreds of


people, often innocent people, to be a part of this movement? The paper


says that experts were warning last night that this could signal the


start of a new wave of British Nigerian extremists travelling to


fight for Boko Haram. It is something which will be it big


concern obviously to security experts, but the naming of this


person is quite a step for the Independent. You don't want to start


causing a fright, but there is a big Nigerian diaspora in Britain.


Presumably that is where the links are, there is a lot of traffic back


and forward. There is an interesting element to the story, that he was


detained and then released, following a campaign by family and


human rights groups, and now, once again, back in custody. Staying with


the Independent, and this recent ruling from the European court. The


paper is listing a lot of different examples of people. Some of them are


extraordinary... Yes, this interests me in particular because I live in


the online and social media world in my day`to`day job. But it does feel


like, yes, a famous actor who had an affair with a teenager, tax dodgers,


people who have been convicted of crimes, basically. They say half of


people who are pitched a shilling to get things removed `` who are


petitioning to get things removed have a criminal past. It is


disturbing. It basically gives this power to Google to decide what is


worth reporting, what is worth being available, in terms of the


information age. I think Google is saying, we do not want to be


determining whose past... It is quite troubling, some of these are


serious issues. Indeed, a couple of politicians in there. It does not


say they are British politicians. There is one former MP now trying to


get the election, trying to get details of past conduct removed.


That led to much fun in Westminster yesterday, trying to guess who it


might be. I will not mention names. That was one of the less serious


cases, but then there is the man who tried to kill his family, trying to


lose right to a news report. How can he possibly have the right to have


that deleted? The only paper I have seen at the moment with the Indian


elections on is the FT. We have not got all of the papers in yet. But


the BJP 's weeping to power, and this could be a bit of a sea


change? Yes, it is interesting. `` the BJP sweeping to power. It is the


biggest election in the world, hundreds of millions of votes, 500


million votes had to be counted. And 100 million of those were new


voters, they say. And he was particularly appealing to younger


voters. Yes, and it was all about economic revival and basically


business likes him, so, he has got a lot of support. Here is a new


character, but it is an old story, he is promising economic revival,


while the economy is not doing as well as it was. That will go down


well in hard times. Whether he can pull it off, of course... One of the


commentators in this story says he could be in power for 15 years. But


he will have to deliver on his promises. Interestingly, it says


Indian stocks have jumped by more than 4.5%. We must leave it there.


That is it for the papers this hour. A big thanks to Jennifer and James.


They will be back with us at half past 11 for another look at the


papers. Stay with us. Here on BBC News, at 11 o'clock ` as hundreds of


British tourists are evacuated, we bring you more on today's terror


attacks in Nairobi. Coming up next, Sportsday.


Hello and welcome to Sportsday ` I'm Lizzie


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