24/11/2015 The Papers


24/11/2015

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team ahead of their final in Ghent and from David Kay. First, here are

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Whitby is the political commentator Miranda Green and Chris Hope from

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the Daily Telegraph, the chief political correspondent. Let's have

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a look at the front pages. The Financial Times leads with

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tomorrow's Autumn Statement saying the Chancellor will announce the

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biggest house-building programme since the 1970s. The Guardian says

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the axe is to fall on care and please. The Metro goes with the

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Russian plane shot down by Turkey, quoting President Putin as saying

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the action was a stab in the back. The Times says Putin is threatening

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revenge. The Daily Telegraph has new guidance advising doctors to put the

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protection of the public ahead of confidentiality and to report

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elderly drivers who are not safe. The greater risks of having a baby

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at the weekend are highlighted by the Daily Mail. The Daily Express

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focuses on pensions and what could happen to pensioners who rashly cash

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in their retirement savings. Let's begin with our selection and we are

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starting with the Metro. It is a stab in the back, says Putin.

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Although a lot of the papers might not have that as their main story,

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it is dominating the news agenda. It is, absolutely. The dramatic footage

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of the jet coming down in flames is on most of the front pages tonight.

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It is used to great effect because the international news gets more

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frightening by the day. This latest development is very worrying because

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Turkey, which has shot down this Russian jet, is a member of Nato.

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The great worry now is that Nato, and each Nato member has pledged to

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defend another Nato member, if there is a stand of between Russia and one

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Nato member, it is a stand-off between Russia and all of Nato. Is

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that how you see it going? What we do not know is what this jet was

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doing. The big problem the West has is what is Russia doing? It is

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having a go at Assad's opponents, which are moderate, and also Islamic

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State. That is a problem. We will never know who is in the right or

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the wrong, but this is a dreadful concern. There are all these

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different voices in such a small area of airspace. We spoke to an RAF

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navigator who said the pilot would have known whose airspace he is in.

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They need to know that. The last time we were on there was a warning

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from Turkey that a Russian jet had been wandering into its airspace.

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The Turks say this particular pilot sent 21 warning messages before the

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shots were fired. It is very complex to work out what was really going on

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at the time. But more important is how does Putin react now and how

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does Nato react? Putin is here calling Turkey the accomplice of

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terrorists in downing the jet. That is because Russia and the Nato

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countries are targeting different groups within Syria. We have the

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vote next week about whether we start air strikes ourselves in

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Syria, so it is very complex. In the Telegraph another picture dominates.

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But the story we are focusing on is a small one. Labour MPs are denied

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free vote on air strikes with the comment that Jeremy Corbyn is

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indicating Labour shadow ministers will not be allowed a free vote on

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Syrian air strikes. The world's biggest rebel in politics is now

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denying his own MPs a free vote. Had it been the other way round, he

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would have demanded his right to vote against what the party wanted

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him to do. We think the vote will be next Thursday. David Cameron will

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sell his case for British military action. It will be about on camera

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will try to get MPs to support British action. It will be very

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interesting. Although the Conservatives have a majority, it is

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pretty thin. How the other parties behave will be significant. The

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Conservative Party will have rebels in bold and by the Select Committee

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report which was very dubious about the effectiveness of air strikes by

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the UK. Cameron will need enough Labour rebels, possibly some SNP, we

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do not know how they will play it, to bolster the chance of getting the

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boat through. When it is about something so serious like putting

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British troops in harm's way, they will want to have an overwhelming

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majority. You do not want to have a sliver. The point is how much is

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enough? Before Paris you needed to have a lot of the House with you and

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after Paris is shrunk because there was a feeling that we need to do

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something in this country. A smaller majority is now probably acceptable

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to the government. We have to see the effect of this jet being downed.

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If that was a British jet brought down by Turkey by mistake or by the

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Russians, in this crowded conflict area, and that is why they are

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concerned. Another big story for Wednesday will be the Autumn

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Statement, the spending review. Let's look at the FT. It is a

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positive story and the Chancellor promises 4000 new homes, hoping to

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appeal to those aspirational voters. George Osborne has an enormous

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problem of his own making, which is that he has annoyed everyone with

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his attempt to introduce these draconian cuts to working tax

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credits. There was the great Rebellion in the Lords blocking the

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cuts, even some of his own MPs were saying we cannot do this, we are

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hitting blue-collar workers, our own people, and we should be protecting

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them. Tomorrow he has to make it look as if he is once again on the

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side of people in low pay who are trying to help themselves, this

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drivers. The FT has portrayed it that some of the other big measures,

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house-building for affordable homes, infrastructure for the North of

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England, that is all supposed to be to say, I am still on your stride.

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But you turn to the Guardian and they are concentrating on where the

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axe will fall. They are suggesting it will fall on care and police. He

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is intent on balancing the budget. He has to, the Tories have always

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been strong and on law and order. To say they are cutting back on the

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police is the opposite. It is all very well spending money on spies

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and the SAS, but you cannot see them. He knows there has been a

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battle going on for a while. It will be interesting to see Theresa May's

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face as he goes through each department. To see her face when it

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comes to hers. One assumes this has been thrashed out and it has been

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sitting around for a few days. The Home Office? Everyone thinks that

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Bernard Hogan-Howe runs the biggest police force in this country and is

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saying I cannot cut any more. He and Osborne and the Tories are on the

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wrong side of the debate in law and order. And any British response to

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any potential terrorist attack and ministers need to make sure there

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are sufficient funds for sufficient officers ready. The government has

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tried to make lots of pre-announcements over the last week

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since the Paris attacks to say we are putting more money into

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intelligence and more money into the anti-terrorist infrastructure. We

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will recruit more spies basically. But as Chris says, that is only one

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part of the anti-terror jigsaw. The Home Office is under such great

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pressure, as is the business Department which will also see big

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cuts tomorrow because so many departments are now protected and

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untouchable. The NHS budget is untouchable, overseas aid and

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several others. Some have got really savage cuts. One that is not ring

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fenced and it is another story with the FT and it is pay packages.

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According to the FT it might just be that one senior boss has blown the

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gaffe. What is this all about, Chris? Is boss is saying bonuses do

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not make me work any harder. He is the CEO of Deutsche Bank, one of the

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world's biggest banks. He says, I have no idea why I was offered a

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contract with a bonus in it because I promise you I will not work any

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harder in any year or in any day because somebody will pay me a lot

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more or less. Shock, horror. It is wonderful. There is a wonderful

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straight delivery that says, his view is not popular with his peers.

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on this idea that astronomically on this idea that astronomically

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high pay for some people in the city of London is a market and it is all

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to do with market competition. They say they do not know what his

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package was worth, but his predecessor was an 3-point million 8

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million euros. He is a Yorkshire man from Harrogate. He said it. That you

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both very much. Thank you to Miranda and Chris. We will be back at

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11:30pm for another go.

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