28/09/2014 The Papers


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


bringing us tomorrow. With me are the author and journalist Rachel


Shabi and Matthew Green who's also an author and journalist.


Tomorrow's front pages. The Independent leads on the chancellor


George Osborne's pledge to cut tax on inherited pensions before the


2015 election. The Financial Times reports on an accusation that apple


is prospering from illegal tax deals with the irish government. The


Telegraph also leads with Osborne's announcement to scrap what the paper


dubs the" death tax". So too does the Guardian, which


focuses on what it calls 'panic'among conservatives that


there could be more defections to UKIP. It also reports that a new


drug that targets breast cancer could extend life by 15 months.


The Times reports on Hong Kong's crackdown of pro`democracy


demonstrators where tens of thousands of protestors are


blockading the centre of the city.The Daily Mail has an exclusive


interview with brain tumour patient Ashya King's's parents."They locked


us up and left him alone, crying like an animal" they say.


The Mirror reports on actress Lynda Bellingham's fight with her terminal


cancer. The paper says she wants to have one last Christmas with her


family. And in the Sun, George Clooney shows


off his new bride Amal Alamuddin. The couple married in Venice


yesterday. I was saying in the headlines, the


Conservative conference has been overshadowed by the defection, which


is a fair assessment. It is getting there isn't it. Don't you think?


They are alluding to the same thing, which is that George Osborne's


announcement about the abolition of this death tax that it's been


called, where it he is scrapping the 55% rate of duty you pay if you pass


on a pension pot after death ``. It has been played as a Tory comeback


from trying to assuage frayed nerves over the rather rocky beginning to a


conference that I suppose the Conservative party assumed they


would cruise through, it didn't turn out that way. The Guardian headline


alludes to everything you have said, unlike the others, which isn't


what David Cameron and George Osborne hope for. The others report


on the tax pledge, whereas the Guardian spells it out. They are


talking about panic over UKIP and rumours of other MPs leaving the


Conservatives. It would be a serious blow. The question is, will the


polls that show voters have more confidence in the Conservatives on


the economy translate into more votes? George Oz bone will hop on


that theme and see if he can reinforce the Conservatives economic


credentials `` George Osborne. The Times, Osborne hopes it will steady


Tory nerves. It has distracted the papers are way from scandal and


defection. Do you think this is what voters want to read about? That is


the question. This is a sweetener with an eye on the grey vote. It's a


crowdpleaser. Osborne, by his own standards, has failed. The economy


hasn't recovered as he pledged. In your opinion. By any measure. By the


measures he set for himself, by the pledges he made, he has failed. He


paints a different picture. He won't stand up at a Tory conference and


say, I have failed. He is more likely to offer these diversionary


sweetness. By any measure, living standards have fallen, most aren't


feeling the effects of economic... That is true, but do people trust


Labour to do any better, given what happened? Labour isn't offering an


alternative. The things most people ask for and being provided by either


party. Ed Balls didn't say anything. He said it would worsen before it


got better. There will be more austerity he was upfront about it.


They are following the same script. The polls show that what the public


want, increased minimum wages, will efforts to tackle tax evasion,


renationalisation of utilities, no major party is offering fees. If you


are asked to choose between austerity and light austerity, it


isn't an attractive proposition. Good news for people with pension


pots who are about to retire, approaching 75, knowing their money


will go further. And as living standards rise, that is


significant. Can be sent on other things. We will stick with the


Times, reporting on the crackdown on democracy protesters in Hong Kong.


We shouldn't underestimate the seriousness of this and the


ramifications not only for Hong Kong, though for the world.


Interesting to see the story on the front pages finally, it has been


buried for the last few days, particularly with the Conservative


conference and also with the air in Iraq, which we will talk about in a


moment. `` the airstrikes. These are the biggest protest since Hong Kong


was handed back to China in 1997 and there is concern about what happens


next. The Times leads with Hong Kong's government quashing rumours


that the Chinese military is going to be deployed to contain the


protest, which would be horrifying, hitting, given memories of Tiananmen


Square in 1989. Britain is very quiet. It has been interesting that


this isn't an international story resonating in domestic politics ``


horrifying, given memories. It promised one country, two systems.


What is your feeling about what is happening? Is this China trying to


get more control? Clearly. China has written eight on the agreement made


about the vote in 2017 `` renegged. It seems that China is carefully


controlling the candidates you are allowed to vote for. Doesn't Hong


Kong operate better with independence? Doesn't it produce


more money, income, isn't it more financially stable with its


independence rested Mark does that mean it shouldn't want a democratic


vote? `` independence? It wants to pursue as much independence as


possible. It won't take China renegging on agreements made a very


kindly. It is clear where the protest is coming from. The standard


script, quite legitimate democratic protest beaten down with


heavy`handed policing and getting bigger. We have seen that play at


time and again. It is different in Beijing, it is more difficult to


predict how this will play out. Not many places where there hasn't been


a protest in the world in the last few years. Moving onto the


Telegraph, as you pointed out, we are going to look at the RAF's


involvement in military airstrikes. At the bottom of the paper, we have


a different slant on the involvement in a personal one. One of the


pilots. David Haines, the British aid worker who was beheaded in Iraq


by ISIS, he worked for the RAF as an engineer, and aircraft engineer.


There is a personal element for the pilots doing these are bombing


missions over the coming weeks `` an aircraft. That is what the story is


highlighting. It will be personal for those pilots. That doesn't take


away the questions about whether the strategy will work up which is


something that was debated in parliament vigourously last week,


though has now fallen off the agenda. There are questions about


whether these missions will be adequate as a response. The last


thing you want in a bombing campaign is for it to be motivated by some


kind of justice. That should be the last thing it is about. That's what


the debate has been about. The idea that you can bomb away and ideology


has been proved to be and sounded many times. That's the one take away


from the 13 years of the war on terror, that this isn't the way to


solve the problem. It seems shocking that we are taking this same tactic


again. Another line keeps filtering, appearing in this article, the words


of Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary, every now and then you


hear a minister warned that there could be British casualties. There


are likely to be headlines that a British man, fighting for Islamic


State, dead, killed by a bomb from the RAF. It is a line that they keep


slipping out. We will return to the Guardian now, when this story came


through, it created quite a debate in the newsroom and it is


interesting, isn't it? A headache for David Cameron and the


Conservatives is Brookes new mart, who quit his post over the weekend


because of allegations in the Daily Mirror and it now seems that there


could be an intra` and claim brought against the newspaper `` Newmark.


Certainly, the Guardian has picked up on this story and is raising


questions about whether what the Sunday Mirror was doing was ethical.


They say the story that brought down Newmark was run by a freelancer who


had reached out using a fake Twitter account, presenting as a young woman


to several Tory MPs. It is implied in the story that he was trawling


for victims. People are asking in parliament if this is justified as a


journalistic technique. Was what he was doing, sending lewd pictures,


such a big public interest issue that it justifies what the papers


say amounts to entrapment? It would be in the public interest if he was


doing that on a regular basis. That's the issue. Working as a


journalist, I thought the job was to find out what was going on, rather


than create a situation. There is a fundamental question about the role


of a journalist that is at stake. Do you agree? Yes. I struggle to see


the public interest in something like this. It's not like it's


exposing corruption or something over which there would be a more


serious concern. The journalist could argue that he was


investigating the behaviour of public ministers on social


accounts. Was it investigating or was it creating conditions? What's


emerging are questions over the images used to, so obviously... Who


is this woman whose picture is on this Twitter at count? `` account.


Dashing over pictures were used? `` does she know. Should he have


resigned? I don't know if he should have resigned. It is unusual to


defend a Conservative, but I don't think he should have resigned over


it, I don't think that warrants it. It is stupidity. He hasn't committed


a crime. Conversations like this would have overshadowed the party


conference. They were nipping it in the bud. A lot of thanks to you, it


Mr and Mrs Kruger this weekend `` Clooney. They have brought light


relief. Just under the headline of the Conservative announcement, the


ring that says it all. I don't know why it takes four days to get


married, but this has been quite an extravaganza. There was a headline


doing the rounds on social media, coming from businesswomen media, and


it has turned it around, seeing that internationally acclaimed barrister


marries an actor, which doesn't seem to be a statement of gender so much


as the kind of things we are preoccupied by `` saying. You are


just jealous. Four days in Venice. Think you for taking us through the


papers. Stay with us on BBC News, we will be back with more after how the


Conservatives are fighting back following the loss of a further MP


to UKIP. Coming up next, The Film Review. `` thank you.


Hello and welcome to The Film Review, on BBC News. To take us


through this week's films, Mark Kermode. What have we got? We've got


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