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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers


With me are Christopher Hope, the chief political correspondent for


the Telegraph, and the political commentator Miranda Green.


The Guardian leads with the floods in Cumbria, saying that


the Prime Minister is coming under pressure over the government's


The Times reports that ministers will review the country's storm


The Mirror claims there's fury over cuts to flood defences,


and highlights that the damage could run to some ?300 million.


The Metro warns that northern England could be hit


The Express thinks it is five inches.


The Independent highlights the success of


the French far-right party the Front National in the country's regional


elections and says mainstream politicians are in "a panic".


The Telegraph says thousands of new homes are set to be built


on green belt land in what it calls "the biggest relaxation of planning


The Mail carries a criticism from the health


ombudsman that families affected by medical blunders are being fobbed


Actually, it is you saying it is the biggest change to green belt


policies for 30 years. You wrote that article and we will dissect it.


Starting with the Daily Mirror. Few we over Cameron's cuts to flood


barriers, as thousands of homes are hit. -- fury over. Is the government


looking vulnerable? They are. Labour says there is a 40% fall in flood


defences and that was the point made in the House of Commons today, but


this is a classic case when Fleet Street does our industry proud. It


is all about the people. On TV you get a bit of that, but look at the


detail. They've gone right into the heart of people in Carlisle. Someone


saying this person is paying ?98 per month for insurance with a ?6,000


XS. The economics of living there are getting worse. On foot of rain


fell on them. This is meant to happen once in 100 years. There have


been similar events like this in the past ten years. I think really the


Mirror looks great. They say water torture and this nails it. Your


horror. And that coming from a lead writer of the Daily Telegraph. Well


done to the Daily Mirror. It was touched on that this could be


difficult for the government. If it is confirmed that they are cutting


defences, clearly it seems that once they did put up won't any good


anyway. Well, some of them. That's right. As you said, some of the


broadsheet said the government is under pressure. But the daily Mirror


has told that story brilliantly through these pictures. If we go to


the inside pages of the Mirror, water torture. That's right. They


have run together many different interviews with the people affected.


Some of them are really hard rating. There is a woman who is heavily


pregnant and you really feel for these people. The point is, after


the last floods, which was only three years ago, places like


Carlisle and places across Cumbria were supposed to have been protected


with new flood defences. Clearly these are unprecedentedly bad


weather events, as the government calls them, but we are witnessing a


period in which climate change is resulting in these unprecedented


weather events, so we have to prepare for them. There is a


question of accountability, as you were saying, politically, about


whether the right protections are in place. Actually, David Cameron went


to visit Carlisle today and he has been quoted in this story as


saying, what more can we do, that they will re-examine the whole plan


for flood defences in these areas? Sit down with the Environment


Agency, look at what has been built, look at the level of rainfall and


flooding, what more can we do? So, they have clearly realise that if


they are going to have these sorts of extreme weather patterns that we


have to prepare for them. It will be very expensive and not just for the


government. People who live in these areas, the sorts of insurance they


will have to pay will be astronomical. I saw one of the


pictures from Danny Savage's peace yesterday, showing these flood


defences over the river. They are just bits of metal. And yet a foot


of rain fell in 24 hours. It overwhelmed it completely. Going


onto the Times, global warning warning. Floods caused by global


warning, says the minister. This is the Environment Minister Liz Truss.


It are saying this way of slightly deflecting some of the issue away


from, the government hasn't done enough on defences, or is she simply


stating what a lot of scientists are suggesting, that if the air is


warmer it holds more moisture? It is a really interesting question


because there might be a little bit of deflection. It's not our fault,


we couldn't legislate for this. At the God. But that is an interesting


question. Obviously the background to this is that in Paris with got


these big climate change talks going on, howl urgent does the British


government as an entity really see the Paris climate change talks,


because they haven't really given the impression that written is


pushing on this issue at all. And yet here we have a part of our own


country seriously affected by climate change. -- Britain. But in


the Tory party there is quite a lot of scepticism regarding climate


change. Actually for the environment secretary, someone that clearly


saying this is caused by global warming, that's a bit of a moment in


the debate. I like the cartoon. It says, priority one from David


Cameron, have we got enough wellies? Yes, previously some of the


ministers had to borrow than! But more than 40,000 homes are still


without electricity. Big problems there. And of course all of this is


happening one week, ten days, two weeks before Christmas? Yes and they


might get more flooding in the next few days. All we want is a fresh,


dry wind to blow through in the next few weeks and are probably won't


happen. You really do feel for people in that situation. Moving to


the Independent. It is all happening in France. France's fascist


uprising. The Socialist party withdraws candidates. Key regional


battles. Yes, a situation that even the front mass -- Front National is


saying is the result of the shootings and the terror attacks.


It's a massive worry. These are local elections. We are seeing a


rise in this kind of Front National, which is alarming. Here, UKIP


managed to new to the far right to a degree. This is a worry for France.


They still have emergency measures in place in Paris. There has been


this concern about their sanity is very alarming. Interesting how the


French try to deal with this kind of uprising, as it were. The centre


right and the left come together usually and it is debatable as to


whether it will work. Absolutely. Next weekend will be the second


round of these elections. They need to engineer a tactical vote against


the Front National, which will mean already some of the Socialist


parties pulling candidates in certain areas, which will mean


probably the centre right party can defeat the Front National.


Interestingly, Nicolas Sarkozy is having a second coming in France,


but he isn't playing ball and he says he thinks this is wrong and it


is the kind of political stitch up which delivers the electorate into


the hands of the Front National. It is a bit like what we have in


Britain, the idea of the political establishment and people were


rebelling against UKIP. Not quite as extreme. UKIP is a different beast.


It is interesting and of course it isn't just a reaction to the attacks


in Paris, it is also to do with the migrant crisis over the last few


months, which has changed the political temperature across Europe.


But there is the risk that if the centre right and left and sort


things out that the Front National could end up winning a substantial


number of votes. Whatever it is. Yes. It could. Also, what is really


interesting about it, and probably why the Independent has put it on


the front, is it may prefigure what happens in the presidential election


in France, because lots of people think that Marine Le Pen herself


will get through to the second round of the presidential race and then it


will be a question of who can beat her in the second round. So even


though this is not about controlling the government... It is 18 months


away. And famously her father did that and managed to get through to


the second round. Anyway, moving on. Explain yourself on this one. It is


at the top of the paper. People need to live somewhere and we need to


find more space. This is an interesting thing for the Tory voter


but the government says we should try to allow people to live on the


green belt. It says younger people under 40 want to get on the green


belt. This is to protect the land around towns and cities that stops


urban sprawl. There has been a manifesto pledge from many Tory


campaigns, but they say perhaps we need to release some of the value


for these younger people. It might work just about. Is this a concrete


proposal? It's a consultation. Concrete is very nice. Ugly


concrete. It is an ideal, but it is one with feeling, because it's a


consultation. The question now is how people will be abated. There are


people who by this newspaper, The Daily Telegraph, and one would have


thought they might be very anti- this kind of idea. One would, yes.


But it is interesting, politically, because you reach the tipping point


when people support of the anxiety protecting their own lifestyle or


view turned into so much anxiety about their grandchildren never


being able to afford a place to live, that they start to sacrifice


some of their view for the grandchildren. That's why the


government is starting to test public opinion a little bit on


this. It is the moral case. If ministers were braver about making


it we might have a chance. I think if they took a chance they may find


it would yield a lot of dividend. They might want to do that. All


right. Going to the Guardian. Tyson Fury. How he picked a fight with the


world. This is a man, the heavyweight champion of the world.


Undisputed. Is the undisputed? He has all three volts. OK. -- belts. I


have been told he is missing one. Not bad. You would think he would be


a national hero. He is a bit like Jeremy Corbyn. He has a beard and


nobody thought he would win. Now people are going over what he


said... Tyson Fury, Jeremy Corbyn, works well! Now they are thinking


some of his comments about a woman's Place is with a baby on her


back and he says he hates nobody and he stands by his views on anti-


women, et cetera. -- place. But 80,000 people have signed a


petition, saying he should be up for BBC Sports Personality of the Year


this year. Having heard him interviewed, he does seem to be


confusing a personality with a good personality. Do you know what I


mean? He says he won this fight and he has got a personality that is


bigger than life, but there is a personality and then a personality.


Is this award for sporting achievement, or is it for being a


role model in society and everything that brings with it? It is both. It


is the watershed. Thank you. That is what I was struggling towards. The


question is, according to the people signing the petition, that he could


potentially be the latter. I do not wish to insult the BBC sports


personality broadcast. But I have watched it and sometimes the people


who win it have no personality at all. A brilliant racing car driver.


Is it for a achievement? It is the whole package. You managed to get


yourself out of that hole. I think he had it all there, he should have


kept his mouth zipped. It is a bit of a problem. He was slagging off


somebody on the short list. It has been great having you. Stay with us.


Much more coming up on the top of the tower. It is


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