29/09/2014 The Papers


29/09/2014

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season. And find out where the ball that won the Ryder Cup is being

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safely kept. That is all staying in 15 minutes after the newspapers. ``

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that is all in sports day, in 15 minutes, after the newspapers.

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Welcome to the look ahead to what the newspapers will be bringing us

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tomorrow morning. Louise Cooper and Michael Booker

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joining us. We will begin with the Independent,

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the Chancellor's benefits freeze is a calculator gamble, to attract

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conservative and Ukip but it will affect many people in work.

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That is a flavour of the front pages, dipping into some of them

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now. We will kick off with the Independent, a lot of newspapers

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concentrating on the Conservative Party conference. Independent is one

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of them. Osborne ultimatum, give us a flavour of the coverage. He spoke

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in the morning, a number of the right`wing papers have not put him

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on the front pages but it is interesting that both the Guardian

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and the Independent, the left`wing newspapers, have done. Both quite

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critical pieces, not surprisingly. As the Independent says, Osborne

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ultimatum, two`year freeze in working age benefits, saving 3

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billion. Critics question whether it is the fairest way to fix the

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deficit. What I would say about this, yes, the Coalition Government

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has brought down the deficit. That is the difference between spending

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and taxation each year. But, debt is still going up. It is going up quite

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rapidly. This year, we are expected to create ?100 billion of new UK

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Government debt. In fact it is going to take decades before we get to a

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surplus where we can begin to pay back that debt. We saw some figures

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last week, which showed that in fact, the deficit was worse than

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expected. The economic recovery is not benefiting the nation 's

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finances as much as many people think. It is brutal and harsh, but

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he is... This is the state of the financial affairs of the country...

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They are still dire. What about the political risk he is taking?

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Independent has hinted at that. They have had problems in the past few

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weeks. With Ukip, defections. We are tough on the deficit and good on the

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economy, they are pulling very well on the economy, we are told. It is

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key that he wants to keep on talking about the deficit. It is a gamble,

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as the Independent and the Guardian are still saying. It is gloomy news,

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conference is about things in the future, Dodo X `` Dodo eggs and

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unicorn tears! Ed Miliband forgot the deficit last week, George

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Osborne, he made a joke about that. It is core Conservative voters, as

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it says in the Independent. He says the measure will be popular with

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natural conservatives thinking of drifting off. He has the Ukip

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voters, the conservative voters that he has gone forward this. I work the

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express, I think our readers, conservative, this will appeal to

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them. He does look like action man! I think, maybe, a thinner

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Chancellor, austerity Britain! This haircut, I think that he has had a

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preconference haircut, they have taken a little bit too much. You

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know when they go to the hairdresser and you just want a good value

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haircut that lasts a long time. I think he should have gone to the

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hairdresser a couple of weeks ago. Looks like he has left room for

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growth. Roman centurion look, Roman emperor, George Clooney had that. I

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did not get the impression George Clooney was having an austerity

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wedding! LAUGHTER Continuing the theme of the

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Chancellor, take us to the front of the Financial Times. They have

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decided to focus upon what he has said about big companies and how

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much tax they have. Talking about the 3.3 billion which will hit

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poorer families. The little guy, but also, careful to have a go at the

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big guy as well, Osborne taking on big tech groups over tax avoidance.

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It has already been dubbed Google tax. Having a go large

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multinationals, some companies have gone to extraordinary lengths to pay

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little or no tax. He says, if you abuse the tax system, you abused the

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trust of the British people. Stories about the large companies coming

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over here, and not paying a great deal of tax. All of the companies

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that grow up in this country. Did not mention Google by name but we

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know what they are getting at. It is great, it is a great quote, low

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taxes but low taxes that are paid. This requires international

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cooperation. It is not just happen by yourself. Therefore it is quite

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good news that the European Commission is expected to unveil

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today details of a case against Ireland, because of their very

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favourable tax treatment for Apple. The trouble, when Ireland was going

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bust, and required bailing out from the rest of Europe, that would have

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been the moment to say to them, look, your local tax rate, the

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dealings you have, make it an further the rest of Europe. At that

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time, the powers that be decided it should not happen. It is very

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difficult to impose that kind of fiscal mandate from centrally

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organised Brussels or anywhere else. In a difficult economic environment,

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countries compete with each other to attract companies. Without

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international cooperation, very difficult to crack down on Google,

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Apple, Amazon... Google, Apple, Twitter and Microsoft declined to

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comment... All of them looking at their shoes when the phone call came

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in! One line in here... Looking ahead to the speech from David

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Cameron, halfway down the first column, talking about the freeze on

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benefits. Attacked by Labour as unfair, but there was speculation

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that the Prime Minister David Cameron would use his speech to

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offer a tax cut for the same working families... Take with one hand, give

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with the other... Little sweeties, during conference season. Obviously,

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he has a speech coming up on Wednesday, he has got to say

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something positive, he would like to go out with a bang, particularly

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with Ukip hovering around, looking for more defections. It could get

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that, could be the thing every B remembers afterwards. Quite a Tory

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idea, cutting taxes to give people their personal responsibility,

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rather than tax them and give their money back on welfare. Doctors to

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open seven days a week, care when it is needed, pledge the Tories.

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Another reference to what we are hearing out of Birmingham. This is

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what is expected to be said tomorrow. The express looking

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forward as a newspaper. Not looking backward, like the Guardian and the

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Independent. Must be a brilliant editor, who could that be? Not me!

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LAUGHTER Makes a lot of sense, if you work,

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how on earth can you go and see a GP without taking time off work?

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Especially if you have got to travel a long way and your GP is near your

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home... But you commute to work. My husband commutes 90 minutes into

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work, and he cannot afford that time to take off work, he cannot afford

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the travel time either. This makes a lot of sense but I question the cost

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at ?400 million. Difficult kids as well, when we have tried to a son or

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daughter into a GP, we are told there is an appointment next week,

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that is never good enough. Lots of people then put pressure on accident

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and emergency. This is what they are trying to avoid. Pressure on AMD

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departments. `` A They will also introduce Skype sessions. It is

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known as telecare! LAUGHTER People, older people, they will not

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want to speak with a doctor on Skype, while he's watching Downton

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Abbey on a Sunday night... They want to go to see their doctor. ?400

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million does not sound like an awful lot of money. You would expected to

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be more money. I know that GPs get paid good wages, also it is the

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out`of`hours care. So many instances in my personal life, friends that I

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know, it makes a big difference, that you see the doctor that knows

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you. Because the human body is quite a compensated thing. Often... It is

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an off chance remark that will get to the right diagnosis. That

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requires time in front of a doctor that knows you. I would like to hope

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that these will not just be out`of`hours care, provided by

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doctors that do not speak English terribly well. The timetable would

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be included in the party election manifesto, if that leads to a

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Conservative victory, we are talking about money going into the NHS to

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ensure all week access by 2020. Hopes and pledges once again. The

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Telegraph, the front page, obviously covering that, but on the right`hand

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side, extremists will have Facebook and Twitter vetted by police.

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Theresa May will have her speech vetted by the Home Secretary, laying

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out plans to do various things. We have the terrorist threat level

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raised recently. Post on Facebook and Twitter will have to be approved

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in advance. That sounds like a good idea because it is a new front in

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the war on terrorists, social media, it has been a relatively recent

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thing. Obviously we have seen IS and other organisations using it to get

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recruits. It will be interesting to see how they can police it, it seems

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unpoliced bill at the moment. Judges banning broadcasting and protesting

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in certain places... The government does not have a great track record

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in IT project! One or two expensive ones have gone wrong. MPs have

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barely taken to Twitter and those that have done, have got themselves

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in trouble! LAUGHTER I'm sceptical about what they can

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actually achieve. Clearly, Theresa May will stand up in her glamorous

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shoes and she will aim for the top job in her speech. Staying with the

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Telegraph, final minute, world has lost half its animals in 40 years.

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Very careless(!) LAUGHTER Deforestation, destruction...

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Hunting... Just throw it out there... Slightly controversial

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view. I have a 5 `year`old son... I'm always slightly worried when

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told it is a controversial view. My son likes is dinosaurs, he has been

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to a lot of exhibitions. There has been a handful of mass extinctions

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on the planet in the past. We are up to 90% of the Earth 's species have

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been worked out entirely. In fact, it was the dinosaur mass extinction

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which allowed the rise of the mammal, and for human beings to

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evolve and dominate the planet! So I just wonder... Maybe, if this is the

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sixth mass extinction, the demise of human beings, perhaps there could be

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another super being created in the next 100 million news! LAUGHTER

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Shall we politely move on... ? Go back to the story, ignore me

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entirely! Super beings knocking about, this could be fantastic! The

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WWF are saying it is a serious thing, living planet report. Blaming

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humans. Forests cut down, sees overfished. It is what we have been

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told over and over again. It is not seem to be an alternative. Perhaps

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in one hour 's time we will have more thoughts on that. Maybe not. By

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that time I'm going to be a super being!

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