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Manchester city to take charge of MLS team New York City. That is


coming up in the next 15 minutes. Hello and welcome to our look ahead


to what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. With me are Susie


Boniface, the Mirror columnist also known as Fleet Street Fox, and


Kiran Stacey, Energy Correspondent Tomorrow's front pages are in. Some


of them are. The Metro reports on the doping scandal that has rocked


the world of athletics. Russia could be banned from taking part in


athletics events at next year's Olympics. The Financial Times


reports that David Cameron was heckled by campaigners wanting to


see Britain leave the European Union. Supporting of Aung San Suu


Kyi are pictured on the front of the Guardian, one in particular, a very


vibrant photographs. More allegations of payments made to NHS


bosses. And the Times says that having a roll of fat around your


waist doubles the risk of an early death.


No comment! We will talk about that later. Let's


talk about this extraordinary Russian doping story. Spies, bribes


and threats. I suppose what is interesting is, this is not just a


huge doping scandal but allegedly it is state-sponsored, back to the days


of Soviet communism, Eastern European communism, when we knew


that all of those athletes were in state programmes of doping? Exactly.


Although this is a shocking report, it is not a massive surprise. I


remember watching the Olympics in the 1980s and watching the East


German athletes. It was quite clear they were obviously taking


steroids. They were obviously cheating. We already know that in


China they have got these ridiculous schools that push children through


from a very young age and force them to do all kinds of stuff which is


designed to bring them on and make them Olympic athletes. If you


succeed in the Olympics, you are somehow more prestigious as a


nation. We think that in Britain. But we tend not to hothouse them in


the same way. It is not massively shocking. I am more shocked by the


fact that Sebastian Coe, a man who is numbered two to a man being


investigated for taking bribes, he was there for seven years while all


of this was allegedly going on. Involved at numbered two and now at


number one in an organisation that has had serious problems with his


processes in order to allow this to happen. He is now investigating it.


It strikes me as something an outsider should be investigating.


Not to say that he has done anything wrong, of course. But it should be


an outsider. You have got to look clean as well as be clean. If


Sebastian Kehl is in charge that it is not going to look clean.


Sebastian was closely associated with the London Olympics. --


Sebastien Coe. The Metro says the London games was sabotaged. It seems


such a shame because it was a wonderful event. S it feels like the


moment when we got the big report into Lance Armstrong. The details in


this report are absolutely incredible. 325 pages. Athletes told


that if they test positive they have to pay amounts of money to make it


go away. A shadow laboratory set up on the outskirts of Moscow. Getting


rid of positive results. Cheating on an epic scale. Russian intelligence


services operating in those laboratories, as though the KGB have


nothing else to do with their time! I think this is really serious. You


see cycling now, and outsiders do not trust it. Athletics will go


through that period. The thing about Lord Coe, he has been at the top of


the sport a long time, but a couple of weeks ago when these stories


started appearing, he said it felt like an attack on athletics. Those


are the words of a man who is ready to do a root and branch clear out.


That will worry fans, frankly. I am sure there is more to come on that.


Let's talk about another story, Britain's relationship with the


European Union. The FT says that Cameron is flagging national


security in the whole Brexit struggle. He is eyeing a quick deal.


Tomorrow he will set out his key demands for European Union reform.


Yes, the FT has managed to quote some of them. They are really


boring, as you would expect. They are really dull. They are the kind


of thing that would make you not want to read on or even as a


journalist write the article. Cameron is a PR man. He knows how PR


works. If you do not want anybody to pay attention, ride the most boring


press release you possibly can! He wants to write competitiveness into


the DNA of the European Union. Come on. The fourth demand is about


restricting access to welfare payments among migrant workers. He


says this is the most difficult. He is even going to start quoting some


figures saying they are ridiculously high. As long as he makes this as


boring as possible, journalists will not be able to maintain their


interest to keep reporting on it. Keep it as boring as possible and


the voters will not maintain their interest in trying to find out about


it. So when we come to a referendum, nobody will be remotely interested


and we will all vote for the status quo, which is what he wants. Do you


find it boring? No! Absolutely love it! The demands are vague. We know


that -- what David Cameron wants to do. The idea of restricting access


to tax credits is the most difficult of these things to do. There are


plenty of people in Europe with think it goes against the entire


make-up of the EU, to try to discriminate against EU workers in


this way. It all sounds very bland but I think there is something in


here that will be quite difficult to achieve. I am sure he will find a


way of calling it a success. We have got another story. The NHS looking


beyond taxpayers for funding, needs to look beyond taxpayers are


funding? This is the head of the hospital regulator, David Bennett,


who says we're close to the limit of what people are prepared to pay.


There is a funding hole. We have to find some way to fill it without


using tax. That opens up suggestions about increased privatisation,


selling things off, paying to see your GP etc. The other option would


be to explain sensibly to the great British public, who are fairly sane,


most of them, that if they want an NHS, which most of us do, you need


to pay more for it than we currently are. We have an ageing population.


We have more health needs. We have obesity. We have to pay more taxes.


The Guardian, on that point, says that George Osborne, his spending


means that the British state will be spending 44% of spending on health


and the elderly. That is a staggering proportion. The highest


proportion since records began in the 1990s. It tells us two things.


One, that our society is getting older and sicker and it is taking


more to keep it running. The other thing is it tells us that older


people vote. Osborne has cut funding for everything else. One of the


reasons for that is that older people vote. The classic is the


triple lock on pensions. Almost the most disastrous policy the coalition


enacted. The minimum pensions can go up is by 2.5% a year. That is a huge


chunk of public spending. When everything else is being smashed, if


you're guaranteeing this massive chunk, you cannot balance of


spending. It is inevitable all the money goes on health care. A quick


look at the Guardian. A lovely picture from my and my. -- Myanmar.


Aung San Suu Kyi poised for power. Is she? She is banned by the


constitution from taking power. Although she has won some


parliamentary elections, she will not have total control of the


Government or the country. Therefore she will not be able to enforce lots


of reforms which people may want. Therefore people would become more


disappointed in her. This is a British grandmother. Her children


are British, her husband was British. She is a British granny who


is devoted 15 years of her life to being in detention. Finally,


middle-aged spread and all that kind of thing. A roll of fat doubles the


risk of an early death. You are definitely not in that category.


When you look at the headline you think, this sounds fairly obvious.


If you are fat, you're more likely be unhealthy. The story is actually


unusual and interesting. If you have a roll of fat you are more likely to


die sooner than somebody who is all be so all over. Somehow being fat


everywhere else gives you protection against the damaging effects of


being fat in the middle. They have no idea why this is. Get obese all


over or lose weight. I have got a bit of a Tommy, so I am getting


worried. Nothing more from the BBC canteen tonight.


See you again at half past 11. That is it from me for now. Now it is


time for Sportsday. Lord Coe wants answers by the end of


the week with Russian athletes facing


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