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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to only 21 players. We will have more sport in 15 minutes.


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. Tomorrow's front pages, starting


with 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 1% 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. 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 Lloyd


describing the moment he and a colleague were kidnapped in Syria


this week. So let's begin. We will. With `` we


will start with the Scotsman. This is a terrible story, there have been


two explosions. They have gotten hundreds of holidaymakers back into


the UK, they have cancelled flights until October. In addition to the


effects on the families of those involved with the bombings, there


are going to be long`term effects because of the tourism. Tourism has


been hit. People are not going to resorts, safari parks, I think it is


too bad for Kenya overall on both elements. Very much so. And for


innocent and hard`working Kenyon is connected with the tourism industry,


it is their second biggest industry and will take the floor out from


underneath their feet. It is an arresting picture on the front,


people being taken to hospital, it sums up the situation in Kenya.


Kenya is in pain. It has been hurt as a country by this. They are going


to suffer for sometime because of this through no fault of their own.


It is disappointing for British tourists out there but it looks like


the Foreign and Commonwealth office is did the right thing at this stage


of getting people out. On to the Telegraph, the headline "innocent


victims of tax raiders". Tell us what this is about. This is the news


that HM RC have investigated a lot more people for potential tax fraud.


The Telegraph seems to think that this is a bad thing and suggests


that these could be innocent people making innocent mistakes. They do


not have a lot to back that up, there are no figures about the


number of people who have been convicted as a result of these


investigations. Given that the country is bust, surely we should be


collecting as much tax from all of the people who owe it as possible?


Whether they are so`called soft targets or anyone else? Nobody would


dispute that, Jennifer, but the thing is, filling in a tax return


self assessment is complicated and this is arguing, I think it lists


doctors and teachers, they may have innocently made a mistake and being


pursued. That is the tone of the article. Exactly, these are soft


targets, I think, individuals who make mistakes on their taxes. They


all... Not that regular folk do not make mistakes. But, pursuing


individuals, we have heard similar stories about tax avoidance from


wealthy individuals and corporations. It seems to me that it


is harder of course for HM RC or the government to close loopholes or to


go after the big guys, who are based in other countries. And make it more


difficult. But, reaping returns every year, let's go after these


people who have made mistakes. They know that most law abiding citizens


will not fight it or complain but just pay. If they are law`abiding


citizens, they will do it. If I got a letter saying that my tax return


was wrong, I will say, "no it is not. " it takes up a lot of time,


anyway. Some people would just settle if it takes up a lot of time.


I don't know, it is not a problem I have! Onto the times, and the story


about Syria, I thought of him as a friend, but then he shot me. What an


arresting headline matters. This is the very disturbing story that I


liked. `` that is an arresting headline. This is from one of the


journalists, it shows how chaotic and framing it is for journalists


going into these war zones. We can become complacent as readers, they


ended up being abducted by people they trusted and worked with.


Someone who had been part of the Islamic front, and then other people


from the Islamic front came in and demanded their release and helped


them. It shows how confused those situations are. And what journalists


go through to get us a story. It is a good Saturday story, it does not


have to be hard news. It almost reads like a novel. You get dragged


into the story, and then when you get to the fourth column, you get


hit by the horrible stuff, it is ready horrible, but you have to read


on because it is so well written and you want to learn what happened, it


makes you care, it makes you care about Syria. It seems far away and


is complicated. They had known each other for two years. It was not like


they just picked up these people. It is a very well written piece, isn't


it? It is a good Saturday story. Onto the Guardian, this suggesting


that child social services are for sale. But, reading through this, it


is quite difficult to see that that is a definite proposal, possibly one


of several proposals by the look of it? Perhaps, I hope though it is


something that does not go through. We deal with all sorts of families,


we have more than 6000 members, we deal with specific problems. It


seems wrongheaded for the government who is involved in taking kids away


or safeguarding them in the family environment, to outsource that two


companies who answer to shareholders, or answer to owners.


``to. Putting that into the market seems like the wrong idea for me. It


seems that you are essentially privatising it and would encourage


innovation and outcomes, but for every innovation in the privatised


companies like energy and railways, people have stories of things that


have gone horribly wrong, and trains are later than they have ever been,


and more full. I am not sure that privatisation is necessarily a good


idea, and certainly when you are dealing with vulnerable children and


families, you have to be definite that it is going to work. Jennifer,


you speak to a lot of different mothers, the services are far from


perfect. What are the sorts of things that might, looking at the


story, could be improved? That might be improved with...? With the


service as it stands. You heard of social workers getting the wrong end


of the stick in terms of family situations. And intervening at


runtimes, or not intervening, we have heard those high`profile


stories. `` intervening at the wrong times. We are struggling as a


society with how to safeguard children in a better way. This


philosophy as to whether it is better to keep children with


families and parents, or always take them out, when it looks like there


is any danger... Yes. It is not an exact science. It is very


difficult. Resources shrink, they need to find a better way of doing


it. Anyway, I am pretty positive that it is not getting private


companies involved. Let's move on to the Financial Times, we touched on


this story earlier, they are the only paper I have seen so far and


have got the election of Modi in India on the front page. It says


sweeping to power, and it looks that way. Absolutely, it is a landslide.


As interesting as it is that it is only on the front page of one


paper, it is a huge election. India is one of the rising countries, one


of the bricks, with Brazil and Russia. What happens here has an


impact everywhere. With our historic links, it is a big trading partner


for us. It was on the issues here, and with the issues we have been


talking about, there was a large youth vote, it was about innovation


and corruption. And basically, the economy. The economy has been


faltering in India, this election will be interesting to see what he


is going to do now and whether he will fulfil those pledges. I am no


expert on the Indian economy, but the global country is picking up and


he could be lucky that he has this power at a good time. And he will be


able to deliver jobs and investment and cutting in bureaucracy. It is


the same issues we are having here. Even down to, as described, a"


tectonic shift". UKIP love to talk about tectonic shifts if they win,


head of the election. There is a lot of similarities. Staying with the


Financial Times. And the second story there that they have. This is


about mortgages, there have been these new regulations, have a


mayor, to try and make the whole process of those borrowing money and


needing finances to make sure it is done aboveboard and everything. ``


haven't there. It is now causing a logjam, and putting deals at risk?


Many people said that as it should be, they are looking into these


finances more and making sure that you can pay them back when you get


them. Last time I was on, the story had just broken and we were talking


about it, one of the things pointed to was that if you are taking more


time and you have these interviews that last up to three hours talking


about your background and how much you are spending on personal


grooming, then that is going to take more time and basically the story is


all about that. With several estate agents quoted as saying that the


market is moving so fast but mortgages take too long. Sales are


falling through, as agents are worried about the buyers finances.


These finances are being checked more thoroughly, so they are a sound


of that than they were originally. There was a headline about do you


stay? When you go to the gym? It seems that there is a more rigourous


process `` do you eat steak? But up to a point. Newspapers are pulling


out a bit, some of the crazy thing is to highlight it, like spending on


pets. It is hard to imagine that breaking anyone's bank! Yes, it is


good that we are looking into mortgages and they are trained to


lead properly. Just very briefly slipping back to that story we were


talking about with the Guardian, there is a statement now from the


government Department of education, saying they want to improve the


government and efficiency of social care. They are trained to use


expertise to improve their work, and extend these freedoms we can look at


and better ways of delivering services. They will take into


account responses. We will finally move to the times. This is the story


we have been looking at on E`ON. What is interesting in the Times is


that the Chief Executive's bonus has been slashed by a quarter. It is


still quite significant. This is the E`ON story through the prism of pay


packages. His pay package, his bonus has been slashed by a quarter to a


mere ?510,000. I suppose in comparison to some of the other


bonus is we have seen, it is not that big a deal. It is fun to see a


possible that `` bitterness. The most vulnerable customers are going


to get ?35 back. This chap is walking off with half a million in


bonuses. Something is wrong. What I am struggling with is that there is


a litany of problems. But they say, there was no organised attempt to


mislead. Isn't that worse? Then the CEO gets this kind of bonus. It is


the innovation through privatisation. And with regard to


E`ON, it is the biggest fine, but everybody has been investigated and


sanctioned in some way. ?100 million in fines in the past four years.


Thank you very much. That is it for the papers. Thank you to our guests


this evening. Stay with us. At midnight, as hundreds of British


tourists are evacuated we bring you more on today's attacks in Kenya's


capital. Coming up next, it is


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