30/05/2014 The Papers


30/05/2014

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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers

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With me are broadcaster Shyama Perera and the Guardian's Social

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One of Google's key advisors has told to

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the Independent that the ruling allowing people to ask the search

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engine to remove their personal information changes "everything"

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The Daily Mail describes letters being sent to taxpayers by HM

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Recipients are being warned to re`check

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Polling carried out for the Daily Telegraph suggests that

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the majority of those who voted for UKIP in the recent European

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elections do also intend voting for UKIP in the general election.

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The new leader of the Police Federation has told the Guardian

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that the days of "scandal" in his organisation must come to an end.

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House prices will continue soaring for at least another two years,

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According to the Financial Times, the European Central Bank is next

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week "poised" to cut interest rates and boost

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Finally, the Times reports that David Cameron has joined

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international calls for the death sentence imposed on a woman in Sudan

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for marrying a Christian to be reversed. So, let's start with UKIP,

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which is the next chapter of the local and European elections. That

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is on the front page of the Daily Telegraph. If this poll is to be

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believed, it will possibly shut up many politicians that still call

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this a protest vote. I think this is quite interesting because I do think

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it is a protest vote. This was a poll that was funded by their

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financial backer, Paul Sykes. We were just saying, it is 37% of UKIP

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voters have said they will vote again. That is 37% of 4 million. If

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you spread that across the country is not a huge number, in terms of

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bringing in MPs. Is it a flash in the pan? Well, obviously there will

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be those who will continue voting for UKIP, but the question is not

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whether it is a flash in the pan, but whether there is a meal being

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cooked in the pan, and I don't think there is. They are and `` A1 policy

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party, but that means it is very clear what they are about. One could

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argue that the people voting for them know what they are voting for

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and they will stick with it. It was an interesting strategy coming into

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these elections, because they just wanted to talk about Europe and

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immigration and tie them together. No one question them on anything

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else because they had no policies, because they dismissed their

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prospectus just before they arrived on the scene. Voters have not made

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up their minds. 37% of 4 million is about 1 million. The Conservatives

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got 10 million people voting for them at the last election, so we are

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talking about 3% or 5% of the general electorate. And there are

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still more than 30 million people who did not vote at all. The job for

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many of the parties will be to reach out to those people. And it is not a

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bad thing anyway if a third of these people say they will vote again for

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UKIP. UKIP, whether we like it or not, has forced a number of serious

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issues onto the agenda which need to be addressed between now and the

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next election. If the threat of the UKIP vote going up, or staying

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loyal, is held over the main parties, maybe we will see some

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movement. Staying with the Daily Telegraph, towards the bottom of the

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page, junk food applications to attract children must be banned.

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Basically, it is internet advertising. There are strict rules

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on television advertising. It is another example of how underhand

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multinationals can be when they want to be. They have been banned from

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dealing with children's television, and sticking on adverts for fatty

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soft drinks, but they still managed to get it on various devices. How

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does it work? If you search on a search engine, it notes that you are

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interested in that product, probably of that age and that area of the

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world, and then they latch onto it and start sending you adverts. This

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was actually a game developed by Coca`Cola and McDonald's. It was

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that blatant. There was no sneaking in! But it is also about pop`up

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windows. It is about advertising that can pop up on a child's

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computer screen. How do you police that? Do you know, I can't get

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terribly excited about children being targeted by advertisers

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because at the end of the day they are always targeted within their

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capability, and ways have been, whether on TV, Saturday morning

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pictures or whatever. It is down to the parents to deal with it. If your

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child knows that it is no fizzy drinks, the advert for fizzy drinks

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is not going to make the child believe they will get it. This is

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all about the belief that everything is outside our control. But it is

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pressure for the parents. It is more pressure for the parents, another

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thing they have to be responsible for. Of course, but, you know what,

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you have children, you are responsible for them. It's as simple

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as that. The Independent dedicates its front page to the new privacy

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laws affecting Google. A rethink of basic freedoms, is how it is

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described. This is speaking to an Oxford philosopher who is charged

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with advising Google on the new law. Is this really a revolutionary

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change for Google? I suppose so. As I am the standard, the date will

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still hang around but Google will not link to it on a search. But if

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you went to a newspaper and searched for it, it would. For Google, it

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means a whole set of bureaucracy they did not want to have to deal

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with. They always maintained they have nothing to do with the

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information but just tell people where it is, a library system of

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sorts. What information are we talking about and where does it go?

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It will be caught cases, mainly. That is where the concentration is

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at the moment. At some point it will be footballers having affairs and

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the usual celebrity nonsense. In the first instance, the complaint is

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that people whose criminal convictions are long spent are still

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being made to pay for them and suffer for them, because employers

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now Google people before they ring them in for interview. Therefore, a

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misdemeanour in your youth, or a one`off bad moment is held against

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you for the rest of your life. Interestingly, the case that was

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referred to, that case, the professor did not think that would

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actually get removed because he said, it is public knowledge, public

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information. We can't patrol other people's prejudice, if you like. It

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could be argued that sometimes it is important for the information to

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remain out there, rather than being removed. In the past, people would

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have said, I want to see that, but you could not because there was not

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the means. The Daily Mail headline is just as frightening as some of

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the letters it is describing. Absolute nonsense! Taxman's bully

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boy letters to innocent families. Hundreds of innocent taxpayers, it

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says, have been sent letters by the Inland Revenue asking them why they

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are paying not enough tax. Most Inland Revenue letters are quite

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frightening, aren't they? Paying tax is frightening, but that is life!

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This story is so ridiculous. It is an alarming letter sent to homes

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telling them that Taxman has been scrutinising their self`assessment

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form and their bill is lower than the average for people with a

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similar amount of income! This takes up one and a half pages! When you

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read through, it has been sent to 1000 higher rate taxpayers. They are

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in the top 5%, and they are putting in tax returns which suggest they

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are not paying as much as they should be. And the Daily Mail gives

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reasons for this, because apparently if you make a large charity donation

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you pay less, or if you make a large pension payment. What sort of large

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are we talking about? Is it outrageous, at a time when we are so

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angry at large organisations not paying tax, at the fat cats not

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paying tax, is it outrageous that people who are earning a lot and

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don't appear to be paying the right amount of tax are just sent a

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standard letter, asking them to check and please let the Inland

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Revenue know? I partly agree. The difference here, this is a Daily

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Mail campaign. They revealed earlier this week that the taxman wants the

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power to dip into the bank accounts of married couples and their

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savings. We don't see companies being busted by HMRC and their

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capital savings being rifled through. So I think there is

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probably a little bit too strong arm tactics, if these things do come out

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in the way the Daily Mail portrays them. Surely, there is actually an

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argument to extend this to companies, rather than to not do it

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for the little man. I would prefer it was done to companies first,

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perhaps! The Daily Express, depending on what paper you read and

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choose to believe, depends on what is happening to house prices.

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Soaring house prices is good for some but horrific for most. House

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prices are to some but horrific for most. House

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prices soar by 12% is their headline. Gosh, what a surprise! The

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economists are predicting this. The boom will last until 2016,

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evidently. Didn't we know this? May be house prices will zoom in

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Liverpool or something. They are zooming in London. Absolutely. As

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somebody who for the last 15 years has earned houses that are earning

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more has earned houses that are earning

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each day than I am, I know all about this. I don't think it's a great

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thing but nor do I think it is a surprise. I don't quite understand

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why it is the front page. I would rather have had this football fan's

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World Cup mission as the main story. We love owning our castle. Let's

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move on to the financial Times. Tony Blair on the front page. Blair

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presses for pro`European role to fight the rise of populism. This is

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off the back of the European elections and the rise of right`wing

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groups and populism. Tony Blair is stepping in. I suppose there isn't

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really a figure. Nick Clegg attempted it and failed. There is

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not a figure selling the EU in Britain and Tony Blair is a good

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salesman. But if there is going to be a referendum, which is looking

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likely, somebody needs to do that. People would perhaps learn about the

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benefits of the EU, rather than the drawbacks and problems. There is

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never much of that reported. It seems to me that former prime and it

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is are just the right people to do it. This week, I have heard Tony

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Blair and John Major give lucid arguments for remaining in the EU,

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reminding us why we are there, why we can't extricate ourselves and why

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we would be mad to try. And it is quite nice to hear their measured

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tones, reminding us why they themselves supported it. It feels

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very different from, let us say, the S NP, why we should leave the UK.

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This feels a very positive, probe Laura Liz argument. `` argument in

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favour of pluralism. I wonder how it goes down in Europe. This is a

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bigger role than just the UK. We must leave it there but you will be

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back later with more insight into the papers. Thanks for taking us

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