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good night at White Hart Lane. We will also hear from Alastair Cook on


who might open the batting with him in South Africa, on Sportsday after


The Papers. Welcome to our look ahead to what


the papers will bring us tomorrow. With me are the Guardian's political


correspondent Rowena Mason and the Independent's economics editor Ben


Chu. Let's look at the front pages, starting with the Telegraph, leading


with our top story at the BBC, the delayed decision on airport


expansion. The paper says the CBI has branded it gutless. The same


story dominating the Times front page with claims that the owner of


British Airways could threaten to give up on Heathrow. The Metro


reports on more wet weather misery in Cumbria, describing residents


fleeing their village as flooding returned. The Independent says


private investors are being enticed to purchase rooms in care homes. Obi


in women is as dangerous as terror threat in the Daily Mail after


comments by England's Chief Medical Officer. The Guardian leads with the


latest in a series of allegations about the retailer Sports Direct.


The express claims that the number of asylum seekers coming to the UK


has increased 60% in three months. We will start, Rowena, with the


Telegraph and a story that broke in the last couple of hours, the


government has now confirmed it will not take the decision on whether to


have another runway or an extension to Heathrow until next summer. Many


people are upset about that. A lot of people. We did suspect this would


happen, the story was leaked out in troops and drabs over the last week,


but nevertheless, my e-mail inbox was flooded with statements from


various serious business groups, I ensure Ben's was as well, saying


they are disgusted and frustrated, and yet again they just want


certainty. If you are a cynic comic you would say this is all to do with


a certain Mr Goldsmith, a certain race for City Hall in London, and a


final decision suggesting that perhaps it should be Heathrow that


gets the extra runway or an extension, that would potentially


scupper his chances of winning. They have given this explanation which is


all about air quality, they need to do more tests on air quality before


they make a decision, which will take time, but it is really a green


figleaf, as you intimated. The mayoral elections... That is what it


is about in your view? Is that Goldsmith pledged to resign as an MP


if they gave the go-ahead to Heathrow, he is standing for the


London mayoralty. If they took the decision now he would have to resign


and it would take the wind out of the Tory campaign for London mayor.


It is not what they want. It sits a lot of people, Labour as well,


because Sadiq Khan is against it as well. It is a very predictable thing


they have done, albeit one that is quite embarrassing for the minister


because they did say, they set up the Howard Davies Review two years


ago, they said they would take the decision after the election, and


they have discovered it is still politically contentious, surprise,


surprise, now had picked it out for six months and will probably find


another reason to do it in six months -- kicked it out. Boris


Johnson, the current mayor, doesn't think it should be Heathrow, Sadiq


Khan thinks it should be Gatwick, Zac Goldsmith doesn't think it


should be Heathrow, the only people who seem to think it should be


Heathrow are Heathrow and Mr Davies. But Davies is perhaps the man who


matters the most. Well, it is still possible for David Cameron to


override what Howard Davies has said because in his report he did still


leave other options on the table, saying Gatwick was viable. The


statement the government put out this evening was interesting in that


it did not mention the word Heathrow, it just said "We want more


a court capacity in the south-east, there are several viable options


recommended and we will decide later on". So it is possible that the wind


could be blowing more in the direction of Gatwick. They are happy


tonight, the chief executive there, he was well chuffed! Going on to the


Independent, Ben, very interesting story, your front page, scandal of


buy to let care homes. This is an interesting story, a care home


provider in the North of England, relatively small but with a quite


ominous business model, is telling investors, if you put up money we


will build a care home and you will basically have the right to the


proceeds of individual rooms. This is where this buy to let concept


comes from. As well as having the right to the revenues of individual


rooms it seems to promise investors 10% annual returns, which is


incredibly high. So this draws attention to quite an ominous, as I


say, development in terms of who controls these care homes, but also,


will these care homes be viable? If they are promising those returns can


they live up to them? Will they squeeze the quality of care of the


residents in order to make those returns? Or put up the prices? Yes,


there are lots of quite scary imprecations of running a care home


on that high-risk business model. Rowena, the fact is, this isn't


illegal, though. No, it doesn't seem to be, and the sector is one which


is sadly quite unregulated. It does seem incredibly high, a 10% return.


Looks like the rate of an Icelandic banks not long ago! It is a time


when care homes are suffering council cuts, a lot of squeeze on


their profits, so, I suppose it underlines the pressures care homes


are under, but they have to think of these wheezes, but hopefully it is


quite a small area of business they have moved into for now. Onto the


Guardian. The prime minister ready to soften stance on benefits for


migrants, he has been in Poland today, and the Polish by Minister


made it clear she didn't agree with him. Absolutely. It seems to be


preparing for a retreat, unsurprisingly. The Prime Minister


last month outlined his four main menu of reforms he wants, and a key


one was this toughening up on the benefits that people who move across


borders in the EU can receive in the state they go to, so in the UK


people from Poland or wherever would not be able to get tax credits for a


period of time before they can collect them. He has run into


serious resistance on this, not least from the Polish government,


and now the Guardian's line is that he seems to be rolling back from


that and saying, maybe my demands will not be as concrete or as strict


as I intimated last month. So that suggests he may be able to come back


with something, but will it be enough to satisfy the folk in the


backbenches? Quite. He has come up with his four demands he wants from


the Yukon but I think the only one the public is that keen on and


interested in is the one about curbing benefits for migrants, that


is the big prize for him. So it is not very surprising that he is


having to roll back from this idea of a four-year limit on benefits for


migrants, because almost every other country in Europe is opposed to it


and thinks it is discriminatory. The question is, can he find something


else that will help? There has been the suggestion in recent days that


they could be an emergency brake on migration especially designed for


Britain. Whether Brussels over -- Brussels allows that to happen


remains to be seen because we have this summit next week. OK, onto the


Daily Express, Reina, continuing the theme of migrants, new surge in


asylum seekers, 410,000 in just three months. Guess, it is probably


hardly surprising, this, given the turmoil there has been in Syria, the


Middle East and North Africa. The 410,000 is a big number but that is


for the whole of the European Union, and the number, if you look at the


UK alone, I think it is 12,000 between July and September. That is


in the small print! That is an increase and highlights the


difficulty that Cameron has of sticking to this target he will


never make of only tens of thousands of migrants, net migrants coming to


the UK, but... It is a consequence of the terrible war and turmoil


there is in the world. And it feeds into that whole debate as well that


we spoke about earlier, Ben, about the Prime Minister, as far as the


public are concerned, getting some kind of result from Brussels on the


amount of money given in benefits to migrants. If you are seeing one


headline suggesting there are still more coming, another one saying he


will have to roll back on that, that doesn't look good. This is a big


problem with the debate. These are asylum seekers, not migrants, and


they all get muddled together, the headline seem to be about people


coming here, but it is important to make the distinction between people


fleeing for their lives and people coming for economic reasons. The


line can be blurred but it is important not to throw out the


humanitarian imperative of taking in people fleeing for their lives. This


goes to the point about the migrant thing. The economics of the prime


minister's position, if we cut benefits for economic migrants they


will not want to come, saying it is a pull factor. There is no evidence


to suggest it is a big pull factor, the supposed generosity of the UK


benefit system, so it is the Charente. He says he wants this


concession from Europe but Stephen Miquel says it problem went have a


"Anyway, according to the Obi at. Our final story, the bake off his


back but the celebrity one. Interesting faces there on the front


of the express. Samantha Cameron, rowing, and Ed Balls. A fantastic


line-up they have managed to get here with these political figures


from both sides of the spectrum, you can imagine really good arguments!


LAUGHTER. Not just going not know about cake. I am sure Mr balls will


be very gentlemanly. He has a good sense of humour, he has a reputation


for being a hard task masker in his Shadow Chancellor role, but he is a


very funny chap and very genial so hopefully he will have good banter


with Samantha. Samantha Cameron is not very talkative, we have not


heard much from her. We know what happened when her husband spoke in


the kitchen! We do, that's right! You got it, exactly! He said he


wasn't standing again. Rowena and Ben will be back in an hour. Now it


is time for Sportsday.


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