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have all of the action from that, so a signing from Arsenal, and a record


for Rory Mackle Roy. Hello and welcome to our look


ahead to what the the papers With me are Tim Montgomerie of The


Times and Ian Birrell, contributing Tomorrow's front pages, starting


with: The FT leads on fears over one of


Portugal's biggest banks which led to a sharp sell off of shares


across European markets. getting into debt at twice the rate


of men their own age as they try The Telegraph says men that have the


vasectomy is are at a higher risk of developing prostate cancer. The


Guardian reports on the concessions the Prime Minister made in order to


secure cross`party support for emergency surveillance laws.


And the top story in the Express top story reveals


that a million more people are to be offered free weight loss surgery


in a bid to stop them developing diabetes and heart disease.


Berlin has put its foot down. The Germans are fed up, aren't they?


Before angular Merkel heads off to Brazil to watch her nation try and


put a feud goals past Argentina she is dealing with this very lies issue


with America. `` a feud. She was able to deal with this forced the


coalition with Liberal Democrats. The left are much more concerned


about this infiltration of the German system and her own party. She


is no longer quite the master of this issue that she was a year ago.


She has been forced to take tough action against America because the


German people are very unhappy. The reality of course is that all


nations spy on each other. They do not spy on us, apparently. The


transatlantic relationship is a different one. Germany probably knew


they are being spied on, but now it has been revealed they have two


respond. The fact is that the state department spokeswoman was asked


repeatedly and she had to stonewall. It is alleged spying and the


suggestion is that they have been called to rights on this. What are


they trying to get? One issue is the parliamentary enquiry where someone


is feeding information, and the other more serious is someone in the


defence Department. The danger of course is that up to now Merkel has


managed to keep a lid on the anti`American sentiment. This may


bubble things up. This comes at a time when Europe and the West needs


to be united against Putin and his aggression. The Crimea issue is


still unresolved. Germany has shown some wobbles on this, and this may


be what Putin wants, it allows him to get away with what he is doing.


This may be one of the reasons America is spying on them in the


first place. They fear that Germany may be getting too close to Russia,


and it may be useful for America to know why Germany would take a


pro`Putin stance. They can have negotiations with Merkel if they


know these things. And the gas problem, or so. Exactly. Staying


with the Times, Wonga. What we have here is the church of England and


the new Archbishop of Canterbury taking a high`profile stance about


Wonga. Now they are taking their money, the pension funds are


distancing themselves from Wonga. The question is, do you remember


when they said they would provide credit institutions so that people


in need of emergency credit would not have to go to Wonga. What


happened there? That is a great question. I am slightly concerned


about it, but the archbishop said he would put Wonga out of business. The


fact is, he said he didn't agree with payday lenders operate. It then


transpires, unbeknown to him, that the Church of England has


investments in Wonga. He then tried to get them out of the game and it


has taken this long, this was months ago. It's no doubt that it's an


embarrassing episode for him and the church that he was caught on this


when he was trying to come out with a big statement. It has taken a long


time to resolve it. There are a lot of issues about the size of church


investments and assets. Questions are raised why they don't do more


with their money instead of putting it in companies like Wonga. There


seems to be a bit of a history of the church being slow on this


issue. They had to be pushed to disinvest in Barclays. They are not


really. Comic relief got into trouble with this recently. They had


exactly the same sort of saga whereby someone confessed to one


thing and was caught doing another. A pension fund manager of the Church


of England said that figures declined. Money is not coming in


through the collection plate and if you are going to pay for the clergy


you have to invest and maximise your return. They are saying what is your


choice? Do we invest in a legal company like Wonga or do we risk not


being able to pay clergy pensions. That is a real world tension. The


Telegraph, extending pension age, the only way to clear debt. This is


the crux of problems facing our country. We have a new increasing


debt that is getting worse and the figures here are very start, saying


that in the next 50 years the people aged over 85 is going to quadruple.


That will almost double the debt in 50 years. I don't think, as a


society, the political class has began to face the implications of


this. We have had the strikes today, which have been to some extent


related to this. We have the looming NHS crisis, the looming black hole


by 2020, and how we afford things we have begun to take as a right. We


have not begun to grapple these issues of how we afford our pension


system, and our health system. Those whose were on strike today say don't


spend stupid money on other issues. Sort other issues rather than


cutting our salaries. Can we afford it. It is a fair question to ask.


How are we going to afford the NHS, because that is the big one. The


reality is that a lot of people think now the economy is growing


again that good times are around the corner. We can get the public sector


wages up again. The reality is that only half of the deficit will have


gone by the end of this. They formed the coalition based on that they


would eliminate the deficit in this Parliament. They haven't come close.


And Labour are saying they will have to maintain it as well. The thing


is, of course, they may be easiest cuts first. The harder decisions lie


ahead, which is why Ian is right. The difficult one is how do we pay


for our ageing population and the health service. The next election is


won to lose, because the party who comes to power, if they take the


right decisions in the nation's long`term interests, they could be


very unpopular. Charging for using the National Health Service. There


is a divide. The difference in opinion between the parties on these


opinions is not that different. But in the NHS, there is quite a lot of


ideological difference. Labour make a lot of noise about difference but


actually it is them that introduced a lot of it. Staying with the


Telegraph. This ties in to the previous Tory. This is the problem


facing NHS in the short`term. To put it in perspective, hundred and 88


countries studied managed to reduce the obesity rate in the past 30


years. Coming with this is a huge range of allied costs. Surgery is a


controversial thing because a lot of people take the view that why should


the state foot the bill. About 14 to ?15,000 per patient, it is by far


proved to be the most effective treatment, which is why countries


with health insurance are quite happy to pay for it, because


long`term the cost is reduced. Again, it shows this is a big issue


that we haven't begun to tackle. Should we introduce taxes on


sweets, drinks? I don't know if we can have a close up, but there is a


guy in a hospital bed with bandages around his arms and says it is


cheaper than a gastric band and stops me using a knife and fork.


Let's go to the Guardian. Cameron has rushed through the snooping law.


We know, with the liminal Liberal Democrats particularly, one of their


trite trademarks is the state having too much power to pry into our


lives. We have to ask ourselves, those who worry about the state


having these powers, why have the liberal Democrats agreed to this?


They wouldn't have agreed to this unless they really were convinced by


the security services that it was necessary. All due to a dip in the


polls. With a dip in the polls the last thing you would do is upset


your potential voters a game. They wouldn't do this unless they were


convinced the threat is real. As someone said, power corrupts. Is


there a sense here that being in power, the Liberal Democrats have


decided that this is the reality and we have to start playing power ball


`` hardball here. I think we should be naturally sceptical when


politicians stand up and go along with something that security


services want, which is effectively to privatise the collection of data


and dump it on firms like this. We should be suspicious of it. It's


good to see some extra restrictions come in, a new oversight board, and


it has a new time until 2016, but particularly as journalists we


should be suspicious. So you are sceptical of the fact that the


government announced they have to do this when PE EU change the law.


Overnight they deliver it. They steam`roll and convince all the


parties. Thank you. You will be back in half an hour. We will have much


more on the hundreds of thousands of workers who took industrial action


today over pensions and austerity cuts. Now, it is time for the sport


news. Cook serves his wicket


on a plate for India. The England captain is


out cheaply ? again. Cook serves his wicket


on a plate for India. The England captain is


out cheaply ? again.


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