01/12/2015 The Papers


01/12/2015

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in the quarterfinals of the Capital One cup. And Chelsea plans for a

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brand-new home. That is in 15 minutes. First, the papers.

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Welcome to the look ahead at what will be in the papers tomorrow. With

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this is the political correspondent from the London Evening Standard and

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broadcaster John Stapleton. We can take a look at the papers, starting

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with the Financial Times which says the Bank of England has drawn a line

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under the era of bank bashing by signalling it will not tighten

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restrictions on financial institutions. And in the Independent

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newspaper, saying air strikes on Syria is based on wishful thinking,

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it says. In the Daily Telegraph... David Cameron branding Jeremy Corbyn

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and allies as terrorist sympathisers. Anti-war demonstrators

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pictured in the Metro. And a poll in The Times newspaper suggests UK

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taking action is serial is now supported by less than half the

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country, falling from 59% down to 48%. The daily express has on its

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front page the story of a cure for type 2 diabetes. Let's begin with

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the Independent newspaper and a dramatic front page. It quotes from

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one of their most famous correspondence, saying strategy is

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based on wishful thinking and poor information. It is a striking and

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typical Independent front page with a strong quote from Patrick Hoban's

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peace. It probably does not -- Cockburn will stop this is an issue

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that will be debated at length tomorrow but it is one that has

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divided the Labour Party, dividing Westminster and dividing the

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country. I think there will be readers and viewers tuning in

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tomorrow, probably to get clarity themselves, because there are many

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conflicting arguments and I think a lot is struggling to come to a firm

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view. The result of the vote is probably not in much doubt. It is

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not in much doubt tonight but who knows what will happen? There are

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undecided MPs. Quite a lot and some on the Tory side and on the Labour

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side. I think what he has in mind while writing this, the political

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and military strategy being based on wishful thinking is the fact we do

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not know the end game and we will probably send aircraft to bomb Syria

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on the basis prices do not recognise borders, so why should we? We bomb

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in Iraq, so why not in Syria, it is like bombing in Dresden and not in

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Berlin for example, is one argument. We are told about the 70,000 or so

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free Syria army people. There is no doubt air strikes alone will not

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solve the issue so what will the 70,000 people, if they exist, will

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they do to help? Do they agree among themselves, do they agree with us,

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do they agree on an outcome for this troubled country? The Times

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newspaper has a front page of public opinion, what the polls seem to

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think public opinion is. They say less than half of voters now back

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air strikes having gone down from 59 down to 48%. Will that be a fact on

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the minds of MPs when they vote? If some are undecided and the latest is

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about 50 Labour MPs are likely to vote for and 30 have not made up

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their minds yet, public opinion is a key element on what's they will

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decide to do, as is opinion in their constituencies and constituency

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parties. A lot of Labour MPs backing action are complaining they are

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coming under pressure indirectly from the leader's office and

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directly by comments we have seen from Jeremy Corbyn suggesting there

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is no hiding place for his MPs and there would be repercussions for

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those pushing for war. Not exactly veiled threats. I think public

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opinion is at variance with the mood in the House of Commons. I know

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Jeremy Corbyn got stick for taking the line he took, eventually

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allowing a free vote. You could argue he was bullied into it and he

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had no option because the Shadow Cabinet would resign but I suspect

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outside the Westminster bubble a lot of people respect Jeremy Corbyn for

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taking that line and saying yes, it is a matter of conscience, it is

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important, nothing more important than putting armed services at risk

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and possibly killing innocent people in Syria and it should be a free

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vote. In that sense the House of Commons is out of tune with a lot of

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people. And the controversy with David Cameron and Tory backbench

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MPs. Saying those who oppose this are terrorist sympathisers, which

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does not go with the sentiment that people can vote according to

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conscience. This was striking and it is at odds with Cameron's general

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tone during the Syria statement in which he replied to Jeremy Corbyn

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after he issued his list of seven questions and said he respected him

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for his long-held beliefs and understood where he was coming from,

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even if he did not agree and he took a calm and measured tone. A lot of

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Labour MPs and some Tories, who possibly do not support him, said

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they appreciated that and said it was a sensible approach. Why has he

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used the harsher language now? Because it has got political. I

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think it is extraordinaire me, he has been mindful of opinions and

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measured. To come out with a statement like this on the eve of

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the vote is extraordinary. Is it because he was in a meeting of Tory

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MPs and a heated atmosphere? Is he saying David Davis is a terrorist

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sympathiser? And also the 50 Labour MPs, most of whom have valid

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opinions. It is the Flashman side of his character. He had an audience of

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the faithful and came out with this comment. Tom Watson has called on

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the Prime Minister to apologise for saying that. On Twitter he said it

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was appalling. I think it might be counter-productive. It might be

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there are some MPs who had not made up their minds who will have their

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mind made up by that comment, not necessarily to influence the vote.

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In terms of public opinion, as well, I think people will think it is

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disrespectful. We will run through quickly the other stories on the

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front pages. We will stay with the Telegraph and they have a story how

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foreign students will be excluded from migration figures and

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accusations it is an attempt by the government to massage the figures. A

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lot of international allies and universities and business in Britain

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will think it is good news because what is happening to date, because

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the government has set a net migration target, it which it is not

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meeting, it is concerned about breaching that and anything that

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might push them higher they have resisted. Students are being

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penalised and universities are penalised and businesses who need

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well-trained people are being penalised by this arbitrary

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immigration target. It looks like he has decided to remove them from the

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cap. The Financial Times, John, the end to an era of bank bashing. It

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means they are shying away from more regulation of the banks and giving

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them an easier ride and there will be no restrictions on buy to let

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mortgages and unsecured lending. I thought you were going to refer to

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the story about Manchester City. Let's talk about that. John, you are

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a Manchester City fan. And I think your husband is a Manchester City

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fan. The Chinese have taken a stake in Manchester City. They have taken

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13%, worth about ?250 million in total. Good news for everyone around

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Manchester and good news for the club, the area, because the people

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who own the rest of the club have done a great deal to redevelop the

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area in terms of housing, building a training complex, and brought

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employment there and it can only strengthen the hand of the club.

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Does it give them more money? It gives them equal market

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capitalisation to Manchester United. The Chinese president visited

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Manchester as part of his Tour of Britain. And we are told he is a

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Manchester United fan. What about the Chinese human rights record? It

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has not come into it in Chinese investing in power stations and

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infrastructure so I cannot imagine it would come into it when investing

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in football. The Chinese are prepared to put money into British

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businesses, there seems to be an ability to overlook genuine

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concerns. It is encouraged by George Osborne and the main beneficiary is

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Sheikh Mansoor cause he spent money investing in Manchester City. Thank

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you very much. We will see you in an hour. You will be back at 11:30pm to

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look at the stories making the news

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No need to wait until tomorrow morning to see what's in the papers - Clive Myrie presents a lively and informed conversation about the next day's headlines.


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