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metres at the Commonwealth Games. We will also have the latest from the


Tour de France, and the Open championship which begins tomorrow.


Hello, and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be bringing


us tomorrow. With me are the broadcaster Dame Joan Bakewell, and


Peter Conradi, Foreign Editor at the Sunday Times. Tomorrow's front


pages, starting with: The Mail's main story is that the Minister in


charge of Care for the Elderly, Norman Lamb, is now backing a change


in the law on assisted dying. The Telegraph leads on the heatwave due


to hit the UK this week ` it says stay indoors. And English athletes


at the Commonwealth Games have apparently been briefed about what


to do if they're booed by the Scots. Consumers are being warned about the


health risks of barbecuing chicken in the Scottish Herald, after cases


of food poisoning rose by a quarter. The extreme health alert dominates


the front page of the Express. The Times say 10,000 suspected


paedophiles were identified in the police operation by the National


Crime Agency. 660 have so far have been arrested. It also has a picture


of punters in the sunshine on the River Cam. The deaths of four


Palestinian boys, all brothers, in an Israeli strike on a beach in


Gaza, is the main story in the Guardian. The picture shows another


boy who was injured in the attack. The Mirror says Nick Clegg is


calling for an end to the coalition's changes to the payment


of housing benefits, dubbed the bedroom tax by critics. The paper


says it is a shocking Lib Dem U`turn, that will create a deep rift


in the Coalition. We will start with that, the front page of the Daily


Mirror. Nick Clegg says we must axe the bedroom tax. They were all for


it awhile ago. It's. Danny Alexander writes a piece going with it, trying


to justify this Liberal Democrat U`turn. And one can sympathise with


him a bit, in so far as there was a problem that they identified, a


housing shortage, the fact that people were receiving the benefit


and were living in properties that were too big for them, at the same


time as other people didn't have enough space, you can sort of see


the logic behind it. But in practice it appears not to have worked.


Because the overall shortage of housing, so you get a situation


where a parent the only one in 20 people have actually been able to


move to a smaller home `` we are apparently. The Daily Mirror is


dubbing it is David Cameron's Poll Tax. They are looking to the


election. The Liberal Democrats I spoke to a few minutes ago pointed


to the report revealing that almost half of tenants with a spare room


are now in arrears with rental payments, after a cut in the


benefits. It is a dead parrot of attacks. It is completely over. It


hasn't worked. As you rightly quote, there is also an announcement


that figures last year from 60 councils found they had 160,000


homes affected either tax, but only 9000 one or 2`bedroom places to


offer. They haven't built enough houses. So even when people respond


to what is meant to be the incentive of the bedroom tax, there is no way


to solve it. It is a dead tax. It is not working. The spare room subsidy,


they call it. They have to pay more than ?40 more. Will the conservative


end of the coalition look at this report and say it isn't pursuing? It


will be very difficult for them ideological E to give up on it. I am


sure they will come back and say there are better ways to implement


it `` ideological E. Everyone says to build more houses, it is an easy


thing to say in the difficult thing to do. I can't see them dropping it.


Which means the rift within the coalition will continue. But that is


something which perhaps the Liberal Democrats want as we get closer to


the election. They want to put distance between the two. And this


is a good way to do it, it sounds though it you have softened towards


people who are suffering. And it is interesting in politics and


reporting, when you name something the bedroom tax, not that they


called at that, but once the media referred to it as a bedroom tax, you


have used the word itself, which is enough to make it a headline. I


tried to balance it. It will always be a headline, and everyone knows


what it is, like the Poll Tax was not called a poll tax. It is a bad


mannerism, and the Lib Dems have left it late to make their views


felt. Not too late for the next election. Perhaps not. Perfect


timing for the next election. Going to the Daily Mail, an issue which is


something that you have written about and care about. The care


Minister is acting the right to die bill. The vote on a bill on assisted


dying. The vote is exciting in the House of Lords. There is a great


deal, I have never known so much lobbying. And people changing their


minds. The Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey, Desmond Tutu, people are


beginning to shift their point of view. What seems to be emerging from


what I have learnt in the house is that people who oppose the bill feel


that it is worth having a debate about the issues. Because it has


exercised such interest in the press, among the church, which is up


in arms and against it. Popular opinion polls show a general


favour. So it looks as though it will get its second reading and we


can go on to actually debate the misinformation, the nuances of the


bill, which are quite specific, with detailed safeguards. It is a very


modest oppose all, and I think that may now happen. So that it will be a


very interesting day. 130 people are coming to speak in the house of


laws. It will go on into the night. `` the House of Lords. The Mail, the


man in charge of care for the elderly has shifted on this


particular issue. That is interesting. We didn't expect that,


but it is such an important issue, by definition it can touch all of


as. It is interesting the intervention from Desmond Tutu ``


all of us. He was responding to what he believed was the way Nelson


Mandela was treated. People have been writing to me in great numbers


saying they watched that parents suffering in great pain and asking


me to vote for the bill. Others say it that they watched their mother


suffer and they died in a Christian way and they want me to vote against


it. Everyone is using personal experience to come to different


conclusions. It is extremely personal. It is a matter of


conscience, a conscience vote, there is no government direct to make


directive on it. It is one to watch. Onto the Times. Police tracked down


thousands of suspected paedophiles. 660 people arrested, but they think


that 10,000 in all suspected paedophiles have been targeted by


the police in this operation. It is an extraordinary story. 660 arrests,


10,000 in the headlines, read down on the story, we get the agency


estimating that there are 50,000 people in the UK who access child


abuse images. One wonders, by the time one get to the end of the


article, what figure we will have reached. It is a shocking figure.


For those of us in the last few weeks who have watched the latest


revelations about historic sex abuse, we think of it is something


in the 70s and 80s, and now here we are with all these people, according


to this report, apparently, who at accessing this material. There are


some quite interesting quotes in here. The deputy director`general of


the National Crime Agency is saying that we have to be... We have to


think very carefully what this means about society. How we tackle it,


extraordinary. That is the thing. This is something that the police


cannot arrest their way to a conclusion in this particular issue.


Because as you have said, the numbers just go up and up and up. We


can't arrest our way out of it, we have to understand it. This is a


crime type we need to understand better. I don't understand it. It


doesn't affect my kind of life, but it is clearly expensive, in its


operation. And with all the technology, it will leap ahead of


the attempts to stop it. Because people are even now trying to defeat


police attempts to run it down. So it is with us to stay, and it needs


understanding. It is very mysterious to me. Indeed, very much so. Staying


with the front page of the Times. Cameron's man in Brussels, Lord


Hill. It is hoped he will help him get reforms to institutions in


Brussels. But people in Brussels haven't heard of him. We have heard


of him because he was Leader of the House until recently. He was


extremely courteous, he didn't want to leave by all accounts. He was


that that ``... He was mild`mannered, he was not a great


mighty beasts, roaring away. So we were sorry to see him go. So here is


your man for Brussels, is that what you are saying? What David Cameron


want someone in Brussels to do, I suspect he might know more about


Lord Hill's skills as a negotiator which have not been required in a


House of Lords. At the veto threat is a suggestion that from some


technocrats in Brussels that this man clearly has the ear of Mr


Cameron, obviously, he is his man, therefore he is potentially someone


who doesn't particularly careful rustles, Europe, and will therefore


not yet the requisite votes `` care for Brussels. There are two things


at work here. One is the technocrats in Brussels. What Jean`Claude


Juncker thinks of it, because he will be the man who decides which


job he has. But before he even gets his job, there is the problem that


the European Parliament, elected members of Parliament, they have to


decide whether to endorse him or not. There is a danger that they


won't. I think the best thing in the story here from the Times is that


Jean`Claude Juncker had to search Google for Lord Hill's name when he


heard the name. Some might say the same thing about Jean`Claude Juncker


when we first heard his name as well. Very much so. I should add


that David Cameron is in Brussels trying to introduce him. He is his


chaperone, trying to introduce Lord Hill to the assembled politicians


over there. There were discussing specifically the foreign affairs


post in the EU this evening. They haven't come to a conclusion with


that, as far as the other jobs are concerned, and certainly the ones


that David Cameron would like Lord Hill to get, trade and so on, the


big economic posts, that decision will not be taken for a few months.


This is going to run and run. Indeed, a bit like the Commonwealth


Games, which is where we turn to now. Front page of the Daily


Telegraph, what do we do if we get booed by the Scots? They gave them


some enormously valuable advice. They tell them not to react. Stay


cool and stay calm. I'm sure if they are rude, there would be an element


of good humour about it. I can't imagine it will be violent, and of


course it will be aggressive, because doing is. But I think it


might be rather good humoured, in the spirit of the games `` booing.


We want the English to know that we are Scots. In the crucible of the


independence vote, it might be less good`natured? The idea that it makes


a headline, a whole paragraph about them being worried, and they are


told not to react. Probably good advice. The most amusing thing about


it for me is someone who works in newspapers, looking at the Scottish


edition, they don't actually put that story in there. Certainly not


on the front page. It shows some wise decision`making at the office.


That's it for The Papers this hour. Thank you Joan Bakewell and Peter


Conradi. Stay with us here on BBC News. Coming up next it's time for




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