29/09/2014 The Papers


29/09/2014

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their second defeat of the season. And to find out where the ball that

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won the Ryder Cup is being safely kept. That is after the papers.

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

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bringing us tomorrow. With me are Financial Consultant, Louise Cooper,

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and Deputy Editor of the Daily Express, Michael Booker. Tomorrow's

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front pages starting with: The Independent says the Chancellor's

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benefits freeze is a calculated gamble to attract Conservative ` and

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Ukip ` supporters, but it will affect many people in work. George

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Osborne's warning to big technology companies about their tax is the

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lead for the FT. The Express says doctors will be required to work

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seven days a week, under Conservative plans. The Telegraph

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has the same story: it says the policy will cost hundreds of

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millions of pounds. The Metro leads on the plans to pay benefits through

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smart cards to ensure the money is not spent on alcohol or cigarettes.

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Images from the Hong Kong protests fill the front page of the Guardian

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but its main story is the benefits freeze. And the Times focuses on the

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plans for GP surgeries to open at the weekend. And the Mirror leads on

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the benefit freeze So let's begin. Michael, not entirely surprising. It

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is a tribal old thing. This time, they have gone for giving George

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Osborne a bit of a beating. As is their right. It talks about the

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fresh assault on the poor. They talk about cutting pay`outs, but it is

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more of a freeze. It is exactly as you would imagine the Mirror would

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treat this. Many of these people, 10 million families, will pick up the

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Mirror and agree. Whereas some of us, with the more right`wing papers,

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would give it a different treatment. That is what we would read. The

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leaders would think it is a good thing. `` the readers. He said it,

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and he has had to tackle it. He wants to get Labour talking about

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this. It was how would they tackle the deficit? He wants to bring them

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out and have a bit of a street fight. An interesting point, the

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papers in the left seemed to be giving more prominence to George

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Osborne than the papers on the right? The right`wing papers are

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moving on to what is expected from the Tory conference tomorrow. The

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problem is that the deficit message, the austerity measures, is boring.

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It is not what people want to hear. And yet it is still a massive

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problem. As I was saying an hour a go, we have had one parliament of

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austerity, we are going to have another Parliament give the Tories

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are re`elected, even if Labour are really did, it will still be

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relatively austere. So it will take at least a decade to get to a

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position where we might have a budget surplus, when that means we

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can stop playing down the debt. It will be leased ten years before we

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get to a state we can pay down these billions of pounds worth of debt

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that has been created. `` paying. People do not want to hear it any

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more. The other thing that is forgotten, when we say let us just

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tax the rich, if you look at income tax, the top 1% of earners in this

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country are paying about one third of the income tax, that is the

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highest it has been in history. So, it is a brutal message. Of course we

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all prefer to live in a society that can pay out more in welfare, but I

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am afraid the numbers are important, and the numbers are still

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leak. They have been in saying they polling well on the economy. They

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want to say we have managed this austerity better than the Labour

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Party could, gives a chance again. Letters we want to be guiding, would

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continue the theme. They are taking a similar line to the Mirror. `` The

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Guardian. I am struck by one line, it gets into the political dilemma,

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the candour about the difficult spending choices ahead will gain

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Osborne could us `` praise. That is the difficult judgement he has two

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phase. `` face. While they have UKIP breathing down their neck, and they

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are worried about the traditional conservative voters who would back

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this kind of policy, moving away to youth. He has to balance that. As it

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goes on, there is worry from them that they are abandoning the

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compassionate voters. There is this balancing act. In terms of the

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conference, they have got the difficult message out of the way,

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and it opens the message for... I think Boris Johnson has a speech.

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them smiling at the end. There is a them smiling at the end. There is a

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great quote from Angela Merkel, it has been repeated in the past. It

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says Europe accounts for just over 7% of the world's population. 25% of

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the world's economy, and yet 50% of global social welfare bending.

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Osborne love this quote so much he repeated it. `` spending. It goes to

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the heart that it is not just a UK problem but that the lack of the UK

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competing in the global economist. We have to compete globally and a

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part of that is that we cannot just raise taxes, that is not the

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solution. There is also mentioned in that piece in reference to what he

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said about technology,, he did not name names, but we kind of knew was

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talking about Apple and Google. That is the other side. Essentially what

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he is saying is that he has cut corporation tax, he wants to attract

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companies but we expect you to pay and health benefits. Low tax is

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fine, but we expect you to pay tax. Let us move forward to The Times,

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they are looking forward in terms of their lead, Cameron tells the GPs to

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work weekends. There will be a pledge tomorrow making GPs work

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seven days a week, 8am to 8pm. It will top ?4 billion. There is the to

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be better access to family doctors. Interestingly, it will also bring

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back named GPs for all patients. It was not in the Telegraph story we

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looked at Prevacid. This is what people want to know, they want to be

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able to go about the same GP, someone they have built up a

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relationship with. You can store your secrets to them. `` looked at

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in the past. That is what they are trying to achieve that through this.

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?400 million due across the whole of the Contra, that is not a lot to

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achieve. `` country. It sounds good, it is a great thing to be saying

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during a conference just before an election, they have been trialling

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it, it has cost ?50 million. Whether it will work across the country, I

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do not know. It is a bit of a vote winner. It is a bit slow isn't it?

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Sunday trading in supermarkets happened like 30 years ago, so it

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has been a bit slow. But no GPs have got this 1950s style of working that

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has never changed. It is extraordinary that is happening only

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now. It is... I do not know why it has taken so long. They are talking

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about the fact that it is Cameron and the Tories talk about the NHS,

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something which labour and Miliband world banking everything on. ``

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labour. Now the Tories are having a go. Letters they with The Times,

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take us to the Hong Kong coverage. `` let us. Hong Kong protesters

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challenged Beijing elite. The challenged Beijing elite. The

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Guardian has some emotional pictures on the front page of these

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protesters, close`ups of faces. But The Times has chosen to go with the

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picture of a barely dressed woman in address. Clearly the picture like

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the picture of a skinny model. `` in a dress. But those pictures are a

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part for and told the story. `` powerful. I prefer the coverage of

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The Guardian entirely, actually. There is an interesting quote from

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one of the protesters, because the question now is where does it end

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up? Did they leave or does China react? Are they going to leave

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peacefully or does China bring the tanks in? There is a lovely quote:

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We have to be careful not to invite a backlash, any civil disobedience

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has to be proportioned. A certain time, we have to stop. These

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protesters realise they are in a different position protesting

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against raging, than if they were protesting against Westminster. It

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is interesting to hear that a limit of realism, from protesters who

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would not ordinarily offer that sort of limit. Everyone has the memories

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of they know what the Chinese government is capable of when it is

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being pushed too far. `` Louise Cooper Square. They just want proper

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democracy and they feel it is not being given. `` Tianamen Square.

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People were in swimming goggles to protect themselves, but they are

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doing it peacefully at the moment. You hope it stays that way and

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nothing goes wrong. Hopefully they will get their way. But at the same

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time they are being realistic and they say hopefully China gets the

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message, and we will see what happens from the. The coverage of

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The Guardian, some have adopted the brother `` the umbrellas revolution,

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to protect themselves from The Sun. And teargas. And you saw them hold

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up their smartphones to create a glittering light. Sort of like a

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light when you went to a Tom Jones concert. I am proud to say I have

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been to a Tom Jones concert. They would not be as much underwear being

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thrown around at this one. I imagine not. They are also singing. It shows

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that these things get carried all over the world. Some of the more

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strict people in the Chinese government may not see that. They

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are watching on, but do they do more than watch it at this point? The

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British and governments of America have all said something. But China

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is saying back off, this is a problem. There is this geopolitical

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tension everywhere in the world, and now it is in Asia as well. We have a

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couple of minutes to look at the front pages of the daily toga.

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Louise Cooper, we will start with you on this. `` The Daily Telegraph.

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How can they look so amazing half the days of partying? I am a massive

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fan of George Clooney. You can now admit that you almost put it on your

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front page. She looks fantastic, doesn't she? Not so much. She has

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finally taken off her sunglasses. Every single day since Friday we

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have been digging it will go away, and then you get these pictures that

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look as though they have both walked off a film set. She has had the

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editor being there all week. It is not a normal wedding. You spend

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?3000 a night to stay in a beautiful hotel. They have a great quote, it

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says that is that then. No more chance of marrying George Clooney,

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said a Belgian woman in her 30s as she dangled her feet in the canal.

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Do newspapers make of these quotes up? Because I think that could

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secretly be from a daily to about journalist sent over there to cover

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at. And did that Belgian woman have a realistic chance? Or had there

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been a connection? Bortles also striking is that the actual

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ceremony, the formal wedding it self, took 40 minutes. But

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everything else has been going on for days. George Clooney has always

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been quite reserved, but he has done very well. He has known everyone is

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going to be watching any ways and we are going to see some fantastic

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pictures in the magazines when that comes up. Then you will get the

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kissing pictures as well. As an added value should be grateful for

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Clooney for lining up your front page. I had a cheap wedding in

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Italy, and it included the honeymoon. It did teach you a on

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that generous note, time has beaten us. They queued to both. `` thank

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you to you both. Hello, this is Sportsday, live from

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