20/11/2015 The Papers


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


With us, James Martin from Huffington Post and Melanie Eusebe


be from Hult Business School. Apologies for being over


co-ordinated, like BBC News cabin crew.


The Independent leads with the Mali hotel siege, with the headline


"Another Bloody Friday", a week on from the Paris attacks.


The same story on the FT, showing an injured man being carried away from


The Times focuses on a draft resolution presented


at the UN Security Council, calling for countries to take


"all necessary measures" to fight the Islamic State group.


The Telegraph says Britain is poised to join air strikes against IS


in Syria, after senior Labour MPs publicly


Security chiefs are warning Islamic State could be plotting


an attack on British ferries, according to the Mirror.


The splash on the Express is Chancellor George Osborne announcing


And the Mail reports police are to probe a Tory scandal.


We will of course begin tonight with the story that has unfolded today in


Mali, in the capital, Bamako. Here it is on the Independent, another


bloody Friday, with a body being removed from the Radisson Blu hotel,


their main picture on the front page, saying that dozens are killed


as jihadis attack a hotel and the group is linked to Al-Qaeda. They


have said they are behind this. Whether or not it is connected to


what happened in Paris we are not sure, but the French certainly feel


it is an attack on their interests, as well as those of Mali.


Absolutely, and this group, loosely affiliated with Al-Qaeda, is the


same group responsible for the Algerian gas plant attack in 2013 in


which eight Britons died. It almost seems, to put in perspective the


amount of terror and carnage recently, that if there are less


than 30 people pulled dead from this hotel, and let's hope the casualties


are as low as possible, it almost feels like a victory, especially


when you had up to 170 people held hostage. It is a horrible sign of


how desperate things have become. 130 dead in Paris, 220 in a Russian


plane crash. This is, unfortunately, a sign of The Times that there are


now less and less people who have not been directly affected by


terrorism in some way. It is extraordinary to think that, but the


fact that there were French and US forces already in Mali who could


help to bring the siege to an end so quickly is a reflection of the fact


that there has been a lot of militant violence to deal with. They


have had a lot of militant violence. With the Radisson Blu, there was a


UN conference there a few years ago, it is a big site for Westerners,


businessmen, businesswomen, aid workers. The Radisson Blu is such a


Western Front in Mali, in Bamako. It is a victory, however it is still


very much still a target. It just continues the trend, civilian


targets, defenceless civilian targets, trains, planes, shopping


centres. And how do you protect them all? Absolutely, you can't, and that


is the unfortunate, frustrating and terrifying thing about terrorism, it


is unpredictable. Moving the Times, looking at how we deal with of eight


front group. A UN resolution calls leading nations to action. We had


that from the UN Security Council in the last half hour or so, asking for


all able states to join the fight against Islamic State. This is not a


legally binding resolution, but it does allow governments to consider


how they can contribute. Certainly it allows governments to consider,


and I think it also lends government some aid. Cameron had to abandon his


push a few weeks ago, and so undoubtedly this will help internal


governments come together under the same resolution. Essentially, you


have have the United Nations being a bystander until now with Isis,


possibly the greatest terror threat the world has ever seen. It has had


the constant veto of Russia and China hanging over it. Now you have


this gruesome statistic this week that every permanent member of the


Security Council has lost a national to Isis. Two Chinese citizens


murdered this week, the Russian aeroplane incident as well. You


almost feel that if they were ever going to act it had to be now if


they were going to get the support of Russia and China. Bringing it to


Britain, the Telegraph is looking at ramifications for a vote in the


British Parliament. Set to strike Isil as Labour MPs defied Jeremy


Corbyn. He has always said he is opposed to air strikes, because his


concern is that our intervention in the Middle East has actually created


more radicalisation, created more problems. Difficult for him to


backtrack from that, I would imagine. He is being exactly what he


should be, which is the voice of opposition, saying, let's look at


the results of air strikes before. Does this work for us? He has


received quite a lot of slack from Chuka Umunna, other MPs who have


said he is unqualified if he can't protect the safety of Britain, not


qualify for office. However, he is doing exactly what he should be


doing. You are seeing a huge ground shift. This morning we had talk of


upwards of 20 Labour MPs prepared to rebel. Now the Telegraph is saying


up to 60 are prepared to vote against Jeremy Corbyn. If you think


around 20 Tory MPs might be prepared to vote against Cameron, there is no


doubt the momentum is definitely with David Cameron. Moving on to


other stories, which have a connection. Boris clashes with


Osborne over cuts to police funding. We have the spending review this


week, lots of departments braced for pain. Boris Johnson is saying in the


light of what has happened in Paris and in Mali, we can't afford to cut


police numbers in London. Absolutely. You get the feeling that


Boris and Theresa May are not going to play nice with the spending


review next week. With every other department signed up to these cuts


of up to 30%, the Home Office is the standout. The question posed by Andy


Burnham from Labour and others is, how deep will these cuts be with the


police force. He sets anything more than 10% would be dangerous, he


wants less than 5%. Here you have Boris, defying his Chancellor,


saying he is prepared to back the police on this. Let's move on to the


Financial Times. Osborne set to meet deficit target. Ahead of the


spending review, the prediction is that he will miss the target. At the


same time, under pressure as well not to be so tough in his


implementation of the cuts to the welfare reforms, to tax credits.


Exactly, is a big tax decreasing terms of classic income tax,


National Insurance VAT, corporation tax. He is going to have to figure


out how to make it up. With working tax credits under attack, he will


have to try to replenish them. Now they are suggesting that perhaps


they are looking at your contractors and self-employed and raising tax


there, so it will be interesting to see what the resolution will be.


Economists are saying he will need a miracle to hit the target, and he is


not going to get that. He is good, politically, and it will be a bit


embarrassing for him, but politically he could probably blow


the deficit by 100 billion and Labour cannot hurt him on the


economy at the moment. Where it will hurt is front-line services like


policing and libraries. The final story, still on the Financial


Times, Cameron DeLay 's Cabinet reshuffle to deter waverers from


backing British exit. People will have to wait to see which Cabinet he


might get, according to this article. In light of what is going


on, frankly, I would say it is a wise move. Over you could also make


the point that if it is David Cameron saying it, he will be out


before the next election, who cares? Maybe Boris or Theresa May


will run wild. His main issue heading up to the next election


before stepping down as leader is instilling discipline. Maybe Boris


will just defy him, even with this politically savvy move from Cameron.


I suppose he wants to keep people guessing, maybe people keep all in


the Cabinet who are more on the side, if David Cameron decides to


campaign for staying in the EU. I'm not sure if that will be a very


successful tactic, really. We've seen that before with regards to


Tony Blair and Gordon Brown and I don't think that worked, in terms


of, let's keep everyone on tenterhooks until the very last


moment. It will be interesting to see how this plays out, so I will


reserve my judgment. That is what I'm going to say, I do not have an


opinion yet. I never have an opinion! I am tipping Boris


defiance. I have plenty of opinions outside, just ask them at home.


That's it for now, but stay with us because at 11pm, Islamist attack a


hotel in the capital of Mali. Coming up next, Sportsday.


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