17/05/2014 The Papers


17/05/2014

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At least 20 people have been killed in Bosnia and Serbia after the worst

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floods in more than a century. It is estimated three months of rain fell

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in three days, forcing thousands from their homes. Hello and welcome

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to our look ahead to what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow.

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Tomorrow's front pages, starting with: The Sunday Times publishes its

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rich list, and says Britain's wealthiest people are getting even

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wealthier. The Observer has a picture of Arsenal winning the FA

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Cup, and reports that MPs will investigate the outsourcing giant

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Serco over allegations of sexual assault by one of its staff at an

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immigration detention centre. The Mail on Sunday says children as

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young as nine will be given drugs on the NHS to prepare them for

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sex`change surgery. The Independent on Sunday has a special report on

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environmental damage caused by microbeads from domestic products

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that are being washed into the sea. The Sunday Telegraph has an

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interview with the new culture secretary Sajid Javid. He tells the

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paper immigrants coming to Britain must learn to be British. And the

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Sunday Express says cuts to coastguards at Britain's seaside

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resorts are putting lives at risk. We will begin with the Sunday

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Telegraph, and its interview with the first Asian Secretary of State,

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the Tory MP Sajid Javid. He is talking about how migrants should

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integrate, speak the language, find work, and respect our way of life.

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At a time when according to the poll by the Telegraph, the Conservatives

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are pulling ahead. Yes, there are some different polls about. The

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Sunday Mirror gives UKIP an 11 point lead. They will do very well in

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Thursday's elections. Getting back to that theme, one of the key

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reasons they are so successful is that tough stance on immigration.

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Conservatives have been one of the victims to that. They say that

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immigrants should speak English, that if you want to come to England

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you should speak the language, find work, and respect our way of life.

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It is interesting that people are able to live here without speaking

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the language. Do we as the host culture want to make it easier for

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people to assimilate? I often see people at the post office, young

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people assisting their parents. I couldn't live like that, because I

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like to talk to people. Other people could. Some people say that those

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who don't speak the languages tend to be the women, and tend to be kept

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at home and so forth. That is a problem for the Asian community, not

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the host community. I saw some Asian people yesterday, sitting on the

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porch, eating sandwiches, there might have had some samosas as well.

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And they look like a typical English family. Only, the majority of my

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friends who come from different backgrounds or whose parents come

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from different backgrounds, consider themselves English. I suppose this

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MP, Sajid Javid, would absolutely say the same. But is it the fact

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that he can say what is under speak of. As a man whose parents were

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Pakistani immigrants, who came to this country. And he has done

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extremely well for himself as a result of that. He has. And it is a

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message which comes much that from the son of a Pakistani bus driver.

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But he is a typical because he is a multimillionaire who went into the

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city and made a huge fortune. He is now tremendously successful and very

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much still, even though he is still a candidate, a rising star of the

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party and the potential future leader of that party and potential

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Prime Minister one day. So it is a great message to put across and will

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certainly resonate with people, but people will say that it is all very

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well to say it, but people expect these governments to take action

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backing up these sorts of words. Her I have friends who teach English as

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a second language, there was a lot of funding going into that front

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while, which has been cut back. There was not an effort to get

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people to speak English. The thing is, what is British culture? I think

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nowadays it is about so much more than cucumber sandwiches. It is

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about the fact that we've got curry being made here which aren't in

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other parts of the world. I think it is easier for someone like him to

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say it, and maybe more Tory politicians should be talking like

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him. But whether or not... Would they be accused of racism if they

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do? That's the problem. Whether it is difficult to put someone like him

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up, because it is more palatable. Let's stay with the Telegraph for

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another story, this is Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of

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England, warning of the house price risk. He warned of deep structural

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problems. He says that rising prices, represent a big threat to

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the economy. He that what we need is a greater supply to take the heat

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out of it. The Bank of England will not be building any houses any time

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soon. And the houses I see being built are not really houses. They

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are concrete shells with wooden panels. I didn't write a flat,

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because I decided that prices were too crazy. I decided to do something

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a bit alternative. I wouldn't buy one of these. They look like plastic

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houses, they are not real houses. `` I wouldn't buy a flat. The people

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building them are building the cheapest houses they possibly can

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because they know they can get an average of 250,000 for a 2`bedroom

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flat in London. The money they spend on building is not much. He is

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tapping into something which lots of people have been concerned about.

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The fact that we have learnt lessons, and there have been

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stripped the lending rules. But people are still borrowing and

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having to borrow huge sums of money to get a foot in the housing

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market. House prices in London are about 25% over their peak. And Mark

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Carney is warning of a huge debt overhang is people risked being

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heavily indebted again, and we will return to the last financial crisis.

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Like all clever city people, he is hedging. He has faced criticism for

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saying that interest rates will not rise. And that the housing bubble

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will get even bigger. He is starting to hit not necessarily that they

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will rise, but that he is concerned and monitoring it. And deflecting

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that criticism he has faced about not reacting quickly enough to what

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is going on in the London policy market. Looking at the Times. Ed

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Miliband is losing, according to reports. A candidate who did not

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realise he was being recorded, has said Ed Miliband will never form a

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credible government. It is not too bad. It is not near the top of the

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list. But rather interestingly, he was taped surreptitiously by someone

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referred to as posing as a PR professional. It doesn't make it

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clear whether that was a journalist or someone who, shall we say,

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doesn't have labour's best interest at heart. He is echoing the views of

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many about labour's election strategy. It is not hugely damaging,

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but it does reflect the criticisms of some within the party about the

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question that none of us know the answer to. Which is, has Ed Miliband

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got what it takes to win the election? The truth is, lots of

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pundits around, all with a view, but no one knows exactly what will

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happen. And part of the conversation is the need to court the

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aspirational southern voters. That is where you win elections. With

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UKIP expected to do very well, will that translate into gains with their

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first MP in Westminster. It will be an interesting run`up the general

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election. True, but he does name several areas, Norwich, Croydon

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Central, areas where Labour needs to pick up. He does talk about that" as

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well. That that was completely the wrong message. And that the right

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message is not being given. But from my point of view, as a non` party

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political person, I think Ed Miliband doesn't come across well.

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What are labour policies? It will be a bout Ed Miliband. And people think

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he is... It will be a choice between two people, and they need to decide

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whether Ed Miliband or David Cameron reflect their interests more. David

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Cameron does rather well in some parts of the country where they are

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not doing well at all. They will feel closer to labour than the

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Conservatives. Staying with the Times, the rich double their wealth

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in five years. The top 1000 people in the country are now worth a

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record ?519 billion. It says that most of them are men, and women are

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still the poor relations. But poverty in this list is absolutely

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relative. It is quite staggering that in the five years since the

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crash, the richest have gotten richer. All I hear about is people

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who are going through a hard time. Fashionable people, freelance

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people, people in training. To hear that the rich are getting richer, it

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does smell a bit, doesn't it? They are a group of people just above any

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other consideration, aren't they? It is astonishing. Now, to get on list

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you need to be worth 85 million. The chances of any of us adding there

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are slim. The most striking thing is that the top 1000 surge to new

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heights. Their wealth has risen by 15% in the last year. They are worth

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a total of nearly 500 early in pounds `` ?500 billion. It had

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previously flat lined in terms of wage rising across the board, and

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yet these people are seeing a 15% rise. I like the fact the Sunday

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Times have said they have pages dedicated to how to get rich. So if

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you do want to get rich, they have a self`help section. How to become a

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billionaire. Does it matter? Apart from making us wistful or envious,

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does it matter that people are this rich? They're not happy, are they?

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Money doesn't buy happiness, I know that. But it might be nice to see

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how it feels. It makes life easier, but that our other problems. MPs

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will be probing Serco. A report about the company that does a lot of

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government contract work. To be investigated, a secret report has

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evidence that they failed to properly investigate claims of

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repeated sexual assaults against a woman at a detention centre. It was

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difficult to get access to this report. The chair of the Home

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Affairs Select Committee described it as shocking. What strikes you

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about this? Could this have happened at a centre run by local authorities

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Local authorities have got a reputation for this sort of thing

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happening. My problem is that these are the same organizations that

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Michael Gove has been talking about. That is innovation, isn't it?

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Bringing in private organizations to shake up safeguarding? Not from my

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point of view. This is very sensitive and it relates to families

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where there may have been abused going on in and it is about the

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protection of the child. I don't think that should be put in the

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hands of private companies stop lieu this could be just the tip of the

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iceberg. That we are not going to not watch them. So many private

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companies work for the government. Certain companies perhaps shouldn't

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be doing certain works. That's it for The Papers this hour. Thank you

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to my guests. Stay with us here on BBC News: At midnight, we'll have a

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report on the latest promise to combat Boko Haram ` the group that

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kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria. Coming up next it is

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Reporters. Welcome to this special edition. I am here in the capital of

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