28/09/2014 The Papers


28/09/2014

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executive in 2017. And coming up, we hear about the

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architects using visualisation technology to build cities of the

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future. Welcome to look ahead to what the

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papers will bring us tomorrow. I'm joined by the author and journalist

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Rachel Shapley and by Matthew Green, who is also a journalist and

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an author as well. `` Rachel Shapley. Some of the front pages.

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This is The Independent, which like many leads on Chancellor George

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Osborne's plans to cut tax on inherited pensions. The Financial

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Times reports on an allegation that Apple is rocketing from illegal tax

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deals with the Irish Government. The Daily Telegraph talks about Osborne

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scrapping what the paper calls the death tax. The Guardian looks at

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panic that there could be more defections from the Conservatives to

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UKIP. Also a breast cancer drug which could extend life. The Daily

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Mail has an exclusive interview with brain tumour patient Ashya's

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parents. The Mirror reports on the actress Lynda Bellingham's fight

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

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Christmas with her family. And in The Sun, George Clooney shows off

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his new bride. They married in Venice yesterday.

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George Osborne's announcement this evening dominates many of the papers

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tomorrow. The Independent headline, Osborne offers tax sweetener as

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Tories seek to limit damage. I wonder if Mr Cameron's first words

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tomorrow morning when he reads the papers will be, that is more like

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it. Yes, they have got off to an horrendous start with the

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resignation and the defection of a Tory MP to UKIP. It is a lurching

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start to say the least. And of course, George Osborne is going to

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try to change the focus to the economy where actually, the

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Conservatives can point to some improvement in recent months and

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really try to change the mood music and the whole conference. Said the

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pledge is that inherited pensions for those under the age of 23 if you

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are a grandchild or child will no longer have to pay 55% tax. There is

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not a lot of doubt that this will make life easier for the people who

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are going to be affected by it but it is interesting that Osborne, who

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has an appalling tax record, he has failed by his own objectives, to fix

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the economy, we have seen the longest possible recovery... He

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doesn't say that, of course. He doesn't but this is a way of

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avoiding all of that. One of the reasons people are suffering so much

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will be provided some relief by this is because the cost of living is so

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astronomical. So all those hard earned savings are worth less than

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they should be. So this is quite a convenient way for Osborne to avoid

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that conversation with this kind of crowd`pleaser to kick`off the

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conference. The Daily Telegraph refers to it as the death tax. It

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was hugely unpopular. It may win over some of the voters but there

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will be people cautious. I was talking to a pensions expert

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earlier. Because the next Government and the one after that and the one

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after that have to inherit this scrap of the so`called death tax, as

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The Daily Telegraph put it. And it may well appeal to some people, but

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probably it is other issues that really worrying voters at the

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moment, immigration, even perhaps membership of the EU, and those are

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the issues that UKIP has mounted its challenge on. So there is a big

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question over whether this will be enough to persuade a lot of

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undecided voters. There is an interesting point in The Daily

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Telegraph hear about a polling survey by Lord Ashcroft which shows

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that Labour is headed for a comfortable majority at the next

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election, which is more pretty devastating news for the

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Conservatives. The Telegraph goes into bat on a story just underneath.

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I could campaign to leave the EU, once Mr Cameron. So he is now

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raising the bar because of UKIP, it seems. Yes, this is a UKIP policy,

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about pledging to have a referendum about staying in the EU, and now we

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are seeing the Conservative Party slightly dilutes or hedge its bets

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on this, but again, is this something that voters care about? Is

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this the most pressure and issue for voters? Or is it just a game being

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played by political parties? I suspect most voters are not overly

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preoccupied with the EU. They are when it comes to immigration. And

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one of the things that he wants to re`negotiate with the EU is a limit

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on migration from within the EU. That is why you keep winning

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support. I have travelled around the UK in the last year to small towns

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researching my book and there is a lot of concern about stories about

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Polish people turning up to the local factory and taking all the

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jobs because they were ten times harder than everyone else, and I

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think it is a real issue out in the regions. Here in London, we are

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predictable with the fact that when you walk in virtually to any coffee

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shop and someone is serving but they are not from Britain and have just

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moved here, but out in the regions of England, people are worried. But

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it is how you friend the question. If you say, how argue `` it is how

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you frame the question, do you say, are you worried about migration, or

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do you say what are you worried about being worse off than you were

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before the economic crash? That is the real reason people are worried

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about migration and if all those problems were addressed, I suspect

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immigration would not be such a big deal, if the economy was not such a

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great concern. The Telegraph says he has promised to renegotiate

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Britain's membership of the EU, including greater powers to limit

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migration. That is UKIP territory. If he fails to do that, he would be

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the one that could lead the campaign for Britain to leave the European

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Union altogether. That is a bold statement. I think the headline

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might be a bit of a stretch if it is coming from the quote he made to the

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Andrew Marr show this morning when he said, if I thought it was not in

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Britain's interests to be in the EU, I would not argue for us to be

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in it. There is a lot of ambiguity. You can tell there is going to be a

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Conservative conference this week because of the sheer amount of

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Conservative pledges in the headlines, including one on the

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front page of the Metro, three more years of wages misery. Oh. Right.

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Exactly. This is a story based on a report from Ernst Young, a survey

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saying basically wages will stagnate for the next three years, which

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reinforces your point to some extent, about the fact that this

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recovery, while some of the data is looking better, hasn't really

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trickled down to the average person. It is not a recovery for most

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people. It is based on an overheated housing market. It is completely

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fraudulent and set up to fail and as we can see from this survey, most

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people in real terms are still struggling and suffering and

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wondering which of the parties it is going to address `` is going to

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address that, and at the moment, none of them are seen beastie

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tackling the issue issue. We had a warning from Ed Balls at the Labour

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Party conference that it would get worse before better. There is not

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one party offering what the majority population is calling for, which is

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less austerity, which is a re`nationalisation of utility

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companies, things that not of these parties is presenting as an option.

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The Financial Times, crackdown in Hong Kong and `` as China's worry

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grows. This is Beijing's plan to put forward a list of people who can run

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for the election in Hong Kong. Yes, future protests taking part in Hong

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Kong over... Pressing for electoral reforms, and it revives memories of

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1989, Tiananmen Square and so on. Where is is going to go? It seems

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that the students and activists are digging in and the police are

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getting more heavy`handed. There is a lot of concern.

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Excuse me, could you tell me the way to...?

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