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Rennick sisters triumph. And the rest of the action on an eventful


evening in the pool. Hello and welcome to


our look ahead to what the papers With me are the broadcaster


David Davies and the political Two super heavyweights. Are you


happy with me referring to you in that way? I think David has more


weight than me on him. We will argue over classifications later.


The Telegraph's main headline is the news that Britain has


the fastest`growing economy of the main developed countries,


The Express has the Queen at the Commonwealth Games on their front


If you can see in the corner of that box, the Queen has snuck into a


selfie being taken by the Australian hockey team.


The Independent splits it's front page between a picture


of injured children in Gaza and claims that new Government


figures show that council tax rises are hitting Britain's poor hardest.


Gaza features on the front page of the Metro too, with an arresting


picture of a grief`stricken father who's son has died in the shelling.


And the Guardian continues their story about hygiene


The paper says the health secretary is demanding an investigation


Let's begin with news that will be very pleasing to the Chancellor. The


UK has the fastest`growing economy, growing faster than those of other


major developed nations according to the International Monetary Fund.


This will be interesting reading, because it was only last year that


the IMF was saying that his policies were not a sensible idea? No, they


will be delighted in the Treasury over the story. Nobody seems to be


denying it is true. It is good news. Even Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls, for


once, seems to be accepting that growth is racing ahead. You can look


it into microwaves. As you say, a year ago, the IMF were warning that


Mr Osborne, the Chancellor, was playing with fire and there should


be a and B. Now they are saying they are moving through faster. If they


got it wrong a year ago, they could be getting it wrong today! Why do we


take them so seriously? Well, we took them seriously when they were


not particularly complimentary? Well, I share Lance's cynicism about


some of the figures. Even though the IMF, I see, I love the language, and


upside surprise, it calls the news. The figures are new, but the fact


this has been happening and we have been outperforming countries like


America, like Brazil, like South Africa, that is not new. The


interesting thing for me is if the government is going to get the


credit for this next May. Now, Lance is better qualified than I am to say


that. My view is that they may well do. But events, dear boy, between


now and May, who knows what? The chief economist at PwC has said this


upgrade is a symbolic upgrade. But he says the recovery is not yet


sustainable. It's still a shaky recovery, the economy is still


fragile. It is not surging ahead. The question is how deep the growth


goes and how many sectors of the economy at effects. It does not


automatically translate into political support. In 1997, when my


old boss Tony Blair swept to power, any fair observer would say that the


economy had been growing strongly under the Conservatives in the year


or so, more than a year before the election. But it wasn't enough?


Interesting, I would be interested to hear how you play this in


opposition. If there is some good economic data, which everybody says


they want because they want everybody to benefit from it, how do


you judge the reaction to it? You don't want to be too effusive. There


is a real debate, and you can tell it has been going on in the Labour


leadership. Most of the time, Ed Balls is pretty curmudgeonly. He is


curmudgeonly about a lot of things. Of course, it is his job to oppose


the Chancellor and shoulder problems there are. He seems to be changing


tack. If anybody would listen to me, which they don't, I would advise,


you do say that things are getting better, they could have got better a


lot quicker and Britain could still be in a much stronger position. The


question is, do people out in the country, particularly outside London


and the south`east, do they feel this? Do they feel, hey, it matters


that we are doing better than the United States, than Brazil, than


South Africa? Or is this still a south`east, London and London thing?


Let's stay with The Telegraph. Gold Rush rescues the summer of sport. A


clutch of gold medals, of course, they have been won by Scotland and


England. There are pictures of some of those lucky winners. Alistair


Brownlee, at the top, he beat his brother in the triathlon. Jodie


Stimpson, lower left, the first gold of the games in the women's event.


Sophie Thornhill and her guide, Helen Scott, winning the women's


sprint tandem finals. Allow me to help. Here we are. We are doing this


more and more often, I rather like it. Who was this? Ashley Mckenzie


took gold in the judo. We also saw Ross Murdoch beat Michael Jamieson


in the men's 200 metres. So, the Scots have had some success. Perhaps


in Scotland they may notice that it is a lot of English success on the


front page of the Daily Telegraph. But, hey, before Lance says it, it


is not a vintage year for British sport. But things are on the up.


Rory McIlroy, supporters of his in golf, they will confirm that. There


is the Ryder Cup to come. Perhaps the BBC Sports Personality Of The


Year will be a serious short list, as opposed to an effective short


list of one. But this is a fantastic event. You know, it will be


interesting. One or two of the papers, and we might talk about it


later on, they are starting the undertones of what impact it will


have on the referendum debate. At the moment, there are some fantastic


sporting performances going on. Yes, they are coming from home nations at


the moment. The cartoonist on the Telegraph has already interwoven


sport and politics. It looks like the judo, is it judo? Anyway, in the


judo arena. Is this judo or a discussion about keeping the pound?


Inevitably, it will have an impact on the way that we see the games,


because of this referendum not very far away. Because we are only weeks


away from the referendum and the games are taking place in Glasgow.


That is the link, that is all you need to say. We were talking about


the impact of the economy, the impact of sport on how people vote


is much harder to read. Is it a great occasion for Scotland, so it


shows how well Scotland could do culturally, sporting, by themselves?


Or does it show what Scotland is able to do while in the United


Kingdom anyway, so why bother with independence? Let's move on to the


independent, council tax rises hit Britain's poor hardest. More than 2


million of the poorest people in England are facing rising tax


demands because the government is cutting further into the benefit


system. Some of these people would have been protected from having to


pay the whole council tax bill. The full consequences of this


government's welfare reforms, Iain Duncan Smith's welfare reforms, they


are still emerging several years after they were introduced. You


know, this story, in its own way, millions of families on blowing


firms have received council tax demands for the first time. The


impact that remains to be seen. Are they people... Again, we get back to


the earlier subject, are they people that are going to vote come next


May? Are they people who are not going to support the government


anyway? All of those questions come into it. It's interesting that the


impact of the welfare reforms, some of which people across the board


have supported, some of which, certainly, the bedroom tax being the


best example, they most certainly haven't. What the impact will be


will be interesting. If they can't pay they will be taken to court? In


London, 16,000 people had been referred to bailiffs for nonpayment.


If you aren't the impact of the changes to council tax on housing


benefit, the number of people affected is enormous. Some of those


people, if they are in work, will have benefited from the raising tax


allowances. But people never voted to say thank you for something that


they have been given. They certainly remember what has been taken away


from them. Let's stay with the independent and we will look at this


and The Metro together. Understandably, what is happening in


Gaza is on the front page of many papers. Not even a UN school is


safe, and human appalled by the attack, that is how the Independent


is reporting it. A picture of a grief stricken father of a boy


killed in the shelling. An investigation was being carried out


by Israel into how this. `` how this happened. It does now appear that


Israel is preparing to admit it probably was one of its missiles?


Yes, they seem to be changing their story as the day went on. One of the


other papers, the Guardian, they have been detailing the tweets that


the IDF was putting out. Latterly, they did seem to be accepting it was


their responsibility. We have been here before. The last time there was


a major assault on Gaza, almost copycat, there was a missile strike


on a school. It was where the United Nations had a school and they were


trying to get the civilians out. I think the Israelis factor in


international outrage into their decisions on this. They know what


the response is going to be. They know that the front pages of


newspapers all over the world are going to be screaming out what they


are screaming now. But they still think they have to do what they have


to do. I don't know what you think about this, but there are very


impressive spokespeople on their behalf who come across a very often,


as very reasonable and, on the one hand, on the other, and yet,


tonight, it was a very difficult case for their spokesperson to make.


He was, right, as you say, edging towards, well, perhaps it was us.


The warning had gone out, there was supposed to be an opportunity to get


people out, and then that was never actually given? I never know how


that works. How do you know how long it is going to take for people to


get out? And where do they shelter anyway, if half of the Gaza Strip is


a no`go area by Israel's own admission? It was the United Nations


themselves trying to negotiate with the Israelis about when a strike


might start. The Israelis issued a warning that civilians should be


moved away from the area. The UN also have very good spokespeople and


make a very good case for trying to defend civilians in war zones. You


know, clearly, they are outraged by the way that the Israelis had been


behaving. There will come a point when they think that they have taken


it far enough and international outrage is too great, we have to


stop? I haven't planned a campaign like this and I hope I never have to


get involved in that sort of thing. They will calculate how far they


need to go to achieve their military objectives, they will calculate the


response of the international media, because they have been there before,


they have seen it before and they know this sort of tragic incident is


going to happen. They will have in the back of their minds, even if it


is not on paper, what the tolerance level, at which point they have to


say, we have achieved all we have been able to achieve.


Your interview with the Hamas leader. He is edging towards at


least a temporary ceasefire. These events, however awful they are, tend


not... They tend not to last endlessly. You know, you sense


they're moving in a direction towards some sort of a temporary


ceasefire. Let's hope you are right. That is it for The Papers this hour.


David and Lance will be with us again at 11.30pm for a look at the


stories making the front pages. Coming up next. It's time for


Sportsday. Hello, and welcome to Commonwealth


Games Sportsday, I'm Katie Gornall. Scotland rule the pool as


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