13/12/2015 The Papers


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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers


With me is Parliamentary Journalist, Tony Grew and Caroline Frost,


who's Entertainment Editor at the Huffington Post Tomorrow's


The face of Marie Le Pen dominates the front of the Guardian,


after her far-right National Front Party failed to win control of any


The Times goes with the same story, saying the National Front bandwagon


had been brought to a juddering halt by French voters.


The Metro has more from Shaker Aamer, who claims that Tony


Blair knew he was tortured while he was a Guantanamo Bay detainee.


A spokeswoman for Mr Blair says he has always


The Telegraph reports on Boris Johnson calling for Britain to be


granted a an EU opt-out, in order to impose a ban on migrants benefits.


On the same issue, The Mail says David Cameron is ready to drop his


The Chancellor's promise to protect police spending comes under fire


It says some areas of the force were not included in the pledge.


The Express reports on a Rightmove study, which says house prices went


up by ?1700 pounds a month over the past year.


And the Daily Star says George Michael is being lined up


Let's begin with the serious stuff. What has been going on with France.


The picture on the front pages Marine Le Pen accepting that she


didn't win any of the 13 regions despite the fact that last weekend


they were ahead in six of them. Following on her family's reputation


for failure in elections, her father ran for president in 2002 and was


beaten by 82% -18%. Tactical voters delivered a massive No to Front


National and it seems the same thing as happened. They regularly get


around Wendy % of the vote. There is a strong undercurrent of that --


20%. But the prospect of them winning regional Council, it is


something a large majority of French people do not want to see and that


is why we have seen the results we did today. We can tell from the


comments by the likes of the French Prime Minister that they are not


complacent with the number of votes that they did manage to win. He said


they deliberately avoided any gloating or sense of triumph. Any


kind of real chest beating. He said the message has been received. They


still did achieve mayors and councils and he said they have to


listen to the electorate and learn lessons. And as was mentioned, those


previous result in prior elections. One thing I found really interesting


was the French Prime Minister saying, we have to give back the


people to vote for and not just against and I think that is a lesson


you can find in every Western democracy. What we have seen here is


a vote against but the new Republican Party needs to really get


the messages and place by the time the next French election happens


that people can vote for something. The fact that there are so many


people who feel disenchanted with the established political parties,


that is exactly what Marine Le Pen has been saying since they lost. She


says they are being victimized and intimidated. She has also accused


her rivals of calumny and defamation. She thought she was


going to be the voice of people who have deeply embedded and passionate


views. And obviously there is this dynastic element as her niece was


also up for election and also failed. They had a week to think


about it. And they have gone away, and the thought of it actually


happening, something a bit more moderate was called for. Three


decades of failure, good, it's called democracy. Tony Dawson like


them -- Tony doesn't like them. benefits, greedy bankers and junk


food firms. What is all this about? This is about the big trip to


Brussels this week and the word chaos has been bandied around in the


Daily Telegraph. Basically he has been talking about this whole EU


referendum, but he's not talking about the four-year ban on migrants


getting work benefits and this is what he was meant to go to Brussels


with and bring back. A few days ago they realise that have been


cancelled and would not get the sufficient amount of agreement from


Council members. If anybody else has any ideas, they will need to show


them. It is becoming increasingly apparent that the Prime Minister


cannot negotiate his way out of a paper bag. He has entered into a


farcical procedure in which he is talking tough with Europe... It is


not finished yet. It is. One thing he was


and he has no support around the table.


pre- briefed him that he was going to have to drop it, that it wasn't


going to happen, and now his position is that they just want


something that will stem the flow of EU citizens coming into the UK and


they don't care what that is. Isn't that asking them not to claim


benefits for four years, that is not something that. Them from coming


in? Those are his words and not mine. He is now saying to the 27


leaders around Europe, who I'm sure find this whole thing hilarious,


he's asking if they have any other ideas. I don't think that is good.


Boris has another idea. He says we needed EU opt out similar to the one


that Denmark has -- need an EU opt out. He has mentioned this strange


clause, budget is about property laws and the idea that non- Danish


residents aren't allowed to buy property in Denmark. Therefore, he


is wondering if the same opt out call as can be applied to these work


benefits so that somehow we can still stay at the negotiating table


but opt out when we need to for these very important rules that


pertain to us more than other countries. It sounds complicated


because it is. Boris is trying to be helpful. I think he's tried to help


his own career. There are 27 other countries around the table and that


is the problem that David Cameron has. Buying property and entitlement


to benefits are two entirely different things. I would be very


surprised if other European leaders, who have made it clear to David


Cameron face to face that they are not happy and will not approve his


ban on benefits, I don't think they're going to be very pleased.


Isn't Angela Merkel try to help the negotiations? She does want to be


helpful to David Cameron at the French president is completely


opposed to any changes that will disadvantage his citizens, Azhar:


two are a major player in the union. -- as our Poland who are a


major player in the union. Moving on, this is to do with child


protection? Yes and this is horribly frequent on newspaper front pages


where we see these horrible tales of children being neglected by their


parents and also by social officers left in charge of their care. Now it


has gone one step further with the government saying, if you cannot


control the welfare of your child or the child to whom you're


responsible, that authority be taken away from you. He said Sunderland


Council will have that authority taken away first and many others are


under watch. Sabu is going to go in and take over? This is the point --


so who? It will be run by a voluntary trust, the head of


children's services in another counsel. It is good for him to get


in his pulpit and preach against hard-working social workers.


Basically the problem is that he has cut billions of pounds from social


work across this country and from councils more generally. But even


years ago, before the cuts were even talked about, there were serious


failings in some areas. I completely agree and the government is not


attempting to improve services in those areas or found them properly.


They're attempting to dismantle councils. This effectively means


that Sunderland will have no child protection officers run by their


counsel. That responsibility will be taken away from them. But if the


result is better child protection, will taxpayers mind? Children have


to be the priority but my fear is that there is an empty vessel of


local knowledge and understanding of the particular problems in those


political areas. They would still continue working in those areas,


we're not suggesting that people from the other end the country would


be brought in. But this is a systemic attempt from the government


to dismantle local councils, to hand schools that fail to charitable


trusts, to Academy chains. This is a wider part of try to weaken


councils. A couple of minutes to deal with two big subjects. Strictly


Come Dancing, I know you can't believe it, but one finalist is


through for the first time in 13 years. In the semifinal this


weekend, three of the main newspapers have it on their front


pages and a couple of them have the X factor final and I think that is


corresponding with the ratings of both of those programmes this year.


The Metro has both of those stories on the front pages. She looks very


pensive. Then the youngest ever winner of the X Factor. But the


Daily Star is where we're going to finish because there is talk that,


who is going to be X Factor Judge? I believe it is George Michael, the


popular entertainer. Look at his enthusiasm. This is enormous. Can


you tell us why? There is an aspect of this related to Simon Cowell,


because we really thought it was on its last legs this season. Everyone


has been talking about the wrong things, anything but the talent.


This will be big for them. It would be amazing for him and many fans who


will be sitting on their seats and tuning in every single night just to


see him again. He has been off the scene where he has aggressive Garbo


aspect to him -- Greta Garbo. Thank you Tony Grew and


Caroline Frost.


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