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Good evening and welcome to our look ahead at what the papers will be


bringing us tomorrow. Welcome to my guests. Thanks for being with us.


Let's have a look at the front pages. The Financial Times claims


officials in Berlin will do everything in their power to stop


the UK leaving the EU. David Cameron is writing in the


Telegraph that Britain's drive for EU reforms are on track and insists


he can do business with Jean`Claude Juncker. Elton John joined the


debate about gay members of the clergy. He says that he believes


Jesus would allow same`sex priest to marry.


The Express says deferring a state pension could leave thousands of


people better off in the long run. The Guardian has Dolly Parton, who


made her sparkly debut at Glastonbury today.


And The Daily Mail claiming the Prince of Wales is trying to


influence former Labour ministers on a range of issues, from climate


change to alternative medicine. The Times says plans to merge income


tax and national insurance will be a key part of the next Conservative


manifesto. And the Independent says David


Cameron's European allies have warned him that his threats about


Britain leaving an unreformed EU could backfire.


Let's take a look at some of the stories. We start with the Times and


this headline that George Osborne's grand plan is to join up the tax


system. This is all about the idea of merging National Insurance and


income tax? We have two separate tax in `` tax systems. Income tax is


reasonably straight award. You are in a certain amount, you pay a


certain amount. National insurance is more complicated. This idea


appears to be a Conservative plan which will be in their next


manifesto for the election next year, where you would merge them


together. You would have a single percentage that you pay. It will


worry a lot of people if they see this because for example the paper


says if you were earning 40%, your tax rate would go up to 52%. That's


how much they are taking anyway, it's just that it would be that much


more transparent. From the conservative point of view, it is


more sensible to have one system because you can talk about lowering


VAT. People, governments in the past, abused national insurance as a


stealth tax. None of us really understood it. But if it was a


simple percentage, that debate would be slightly more... Easier to


understand. This article points out that party strategists say you would


need quite a big public awareness campaign because the headline


numbers would change and people might think, hang on, this looks


like a lot of tax I'm paying. It's great to believe we have a


transparent government and telling people what they are paying and what


that percentage is a good idea but if you suddenly find out you pay...


If you pay half of your earnings, that is a lot. But national


insurance has been reduced or increased in the past and people


don't know if they are better off or not. We are only now coming out of


the downturn. Suddenly people paying more tax. I'm not sure it's a good


idea. A big PR campaign is a good idea. But for the long`term I think


it will be good news, if we can get the IT to work. This would be a huge


IT project that previous governments and this government have not done


well with. We are still dealing with universal credit. The Ministry of


Justice today announced it spent a lot of money on you `` on attack


system that won't go anywhere. It's a nice idea to have transparent


government but I'm not sure the technology exists yet to make such a


thing possible. The other point the Times make is that is appalled that


suggests the business world is supportive of this. `` that the


business world is supportive. I think the point of IT is good.


Government should not do IT projects unless they are absolutely sure they


will work. We know all the stories that have been going on for decades.


For the game that you get for doing this, the downside could be very


significant. It would be disastrous if our tax system suddenly fell. And


you have to put up taxes to cover that! ISIS declares the creation of


its own is a mixed eight. This is the proclamation by Islamic


extremists ISIS, but they have proclaimed the establishment of a


caliphate was the empire with an extreme religious and political


leader. It's news in that we didn't know how far ISIS was going to go.


Lots of ground has been taken in Iraq at the Iraqi army has been


fighting back. This is surprising in terms of how bold they want to be


and what their ambitions are. Ramadan started yesterday. This


might be interesting for the Islamic world to hear, but I think it is


disturbing because these are bold ambitions from what is still a


terrorist group. It is concerning. We don't yet know how far this will


It sends a message to other Islamic groups, that they are the big guys.


This is Isis, they are saying that they have won the territory. If you


want to look, this is the good aspiration that has been part of


Islamic fundamentalism for a long time. `` great aspiration. They have


said to the people of Iraq that they are the people who can deliver. It


is done so quickly. For a long time, people hadn't even heard of Isis, to


come from there to here, it is scary how quickly they are moving forward.


They have a quote from Charles Lister, he said that this


announcement is likely to be the most significant development in


international jihad is since 9/11. People are saying that although it


is a bold statement, it should not be underestimated `` jihadism. We


have heard although the Iraqi army have regained much of Tikrit. That


is disputed. Land seems to be changing hands quickly, it is


difficult to see how stable any army gains will be in the face of


terrorist groups that are moving quickly. With Ramadan starting,


there will be some subsidence to a degree in the hostilities in Iraq,


that probably gives Isis time to consolidate the ground which holds,


one of the problem is that there has been up until now is that it is good


at taking things but less good at defending them. There is probably


now a period where there is less intensity to the fighting, and it


can consolidate those gains they have made. To the Independent,


Cameron is empty threat to the EU, there is the suggestion that, for


all of his posturing and hard lining on European countries, warning David


Cameron and his threats about the British people leaving the EU, if it


is not reformed, that could backfire? This is what we have in a


lot of the papers, the wash up from last week, there is a story in the


Financial Times about Germany being more conciliatory. There is no doubt


that some countries, like Germany, want the UK to remain part of the


European project is that moves up to speeds. But, there are more


ambivalent about whether Britain is part of it or not. I think there is


a limit to what David Cameron can achieve. In terms of opening up the


single market in things like competition, competition, services,


there is a lot of willingness across the board to give some things that


Britain wants. On freedom of movement, for the people, that is a


no no. It will be a big problem for David Cameron, if you look at all of


the polls and focus groups, anti` Europeanism is about immigration


now. That'll make the people vote in 2017, I don't see how Cameron can


win many concessions on that. There are suggestions that he, himself, is


extending the olive branch to Jean`Claude Juncker, and he can work


with this man now, that is what he is saying. Last week, there was a


lot of hot air. David Cameron has to do business with this man, a lot of


the other governments have rallied around him anyway. It is the


question as to whether this is the direction of travel, and they have


to work with this person. You are right, there's little room for


manoeuvre, in what it is that they can retract from the referendum not.


What the Berlin press was talking about was that they have to focus on


economic growth in the EU, that is important for governments. You can


see why Jean`Claude Juncker was supported for that. David Cameron is


smart enough to say that he has let his wounds, they have made peace


amid the phone call, let's get on with business. We were chatting


before we came on air, if we come to the Financial Times now, the story


is the polar opposite. This says that Germany pledges to keep the UK


in Europe. You made reference to this. The German finance minister


said that letting Britain leave would be unimaginable, and that they


will do everything in their power to keep us in. On one hand, there is a


warning that there will not be that many sweeteners, but the suggestion


is that there will be some? The chairman position, `` the German


position, I was talking to a senior German, and they said that the point


of Germany is that they will do whatever they can to keep you in,


but don't ask us to choose between you and the EU. That is how it is


best characterised, they want Britain to stay, they don't like the


idea of an EU without Britain in it. If the requests and the demands from


Britain are too great, Germany, as you saw with Jean`Claude Juncker,


will not side with us. Let's turn our attention is to something


different now, this is the Daily Mail, how Charles influenced key


policies. This is a result of BBC Radio 4's documentary, three former


Labour ministers have talked about how Prince Charles bit their ear on


certain quality issues, and got them to change their minds, particularly


David Blunkett on, schools. He consorted with Labour ministers on


issues, including climate change and grammar schools, that was topical at


the time, this was several years ago. In terms of asked why this is


interesting, Prince Charles rightly is engaged with a lot of groups on


the ground, NGOs, and understandably, he has views on


these things. The question as to why he should be interfering, or


advising or sharing his views with government ministers is maybe not a


bad thing. They may not have taken his advice, I am not clear why it is


a story, other than this is a monarchy in waiting. There is no


defined role for a monarchy in waiting. Naturally, he will be


interested in different things and share those viewpoints. Whether the


ministers take those views or not, that is up to them. Why shouldn't


they? They make the point, the Daily Mail makes the point that the Queen


never makes her views known on controversial issues. There is


something saying that it is not the role of the monarchy to express


views. Occasionally she has expressed views, I see no reason why


he shouldn't have views. He has been unsuccessful in getting his


viewpoints adopted by the government, that is a good thing as


well, I don't know why we are so upset with him having thoughts.


It'll be interesting to watch the documentary, to see how those views


are conveyed. And see different conversations like this can happen.


It is a Radio 4 documentary, it went out this afternoon, and it is


available on iPlayer. The story was picked up by the papers, and these


letters, the black spider letters, the handwritten ones. People have


said that they should be allowed to see them, as members of the public,


and see what he is writing to people. It is a slippery slope, once


you show those, what more do you show? Advice to ministers, that has


been a red line. And policy advice to ministers, they do not publish


and would not publish stuff like that. There is this court case, the


Guardian is fighting it with the Cabinet office at the moment, to


release those letters. They will be fun to look at, I don't know... I


don't think we will learn a great deal. We cannot let the paper review


go without referring to the picture on lots of the front pages, we are


looking specifically at the Independent, a glorious picture of a


sparkly Dolly Parton, playing at Glastonbury in front of 100,000


people. It made her feel like a rockstar. I bet that she didn't get


muddy! Wearing white is a tough choice at Glastonbury. There are


people who will really enjoy this. It is closing night at Glastonbury.


She is the closing event. People hung around for this, clearly, she


was a good draw. And something to pull in. People suggested that she


had more people singing along to her then Arcade Fire. Although there is


some controversy, some people are saying that she was not singing


live, but her management said that she did. Glastonbury like to throw


in the spanner into the works. She survived the mud, and put smiles on


people 's faces despite the guru. I think she wrote a muddy song as


well! Have a listen to that on you Tube, if possible. `` the goo. ``


YouTube. That's it for The Papers this hour.


Thank you, Zamila Bunglawala and Oliver Wright. Stay with us here on


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