18/12/2015 The Papers


18/12/2015

No need to wait to see what's in the papers - Martine Croxall presents a lively and informed conversation about the next day's headlines.


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Sunderland tomorrow. No reaction to the sacking of Jose Mourinho, and

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European rugby championships. That is inspired after the papers. -- the

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reaction. Hello, and welcome to our look

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ahead to what the the papers With me are the literary editor

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of the Independent on Sunday, Katy Guest,

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and the Westminster correspondent The FT leads with

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our main story tonight - The paper says the Prime Minister

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has cleared the way for a referendum The i leads with the same

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story, saying the historic vote The Sun says that the

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number of foreign passport holders living in the UK has reached 5

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million for the first time. According to the Times,

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doctors are handing out Botox prescriptions without having

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consultations with patients. 'A mockery of justice' is

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the Mail's headline after three suspected rioters,

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who refused to reveal their identities in court, had

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the charges against them dropped. The Telegraph says

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leading academics are claiming British universities have become too

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politically correct. offering discounts of up to 80%

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for Christmas shoppers. Let's start with the story on the

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Independent, the story we have been looking at all day today. That is

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the closure of Kellingley Colliery in North Yorkshire, and a picture of

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one of the miners who did his last shift at Britain's last deep coal

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mine. Very sad box pops we hope. Not knowing what the future holds for

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them. -- box pops we heard. I was then a couple of miles from

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Kellingley, so it is my family's story, neighbours and grandfathers.

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I went down this mine once and it was exhausting, horrific as getting

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to the bottom. 800 feet. It is the end of a community. They were

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horrible jobs, and the community is now left wondering what it will do,

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not just for Christmas but in the future. We heard lots of people

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saying they came from generations of families that have worked on this

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articulate coal pit. But we knew it would come to an end. Not yet,

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admittedly, but how much longer can we keep producing expensive coal?

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Not at all now. Given all of that, it is not an economics story but a

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human story. People remember the miner strikes and miners being a

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huge force. Within my lifetime, the last mine has closed. It is the end

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of an era. It isn't over used word, but it is historic. That is an

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amazing statistic. Those pictures from the 80s when those strikes were

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on, thousands of people took part to try to save the pits. Now just 100

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members. A lot of people from our generations can't help but have a

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visceral and emotional reaction to a photograph like that of a miner

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coming up from a mine for the last time. It still calls for enquiries

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during the strikes. It is still part of our nation. What will happen in

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this community? The mining communities in the 80s really

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struggled to find something new to replace it with. Hopefully they will

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get a lot of help from the local authority and government etc. I hope

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so. There is a stark juxtaposition with this other story, fatcat

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Britain and the economic difference between the richest and poorest in

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Britain. It is getting bigger. The richest 1% of the population have as

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much money as the poorest 57% combined, and the fact this gap is

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getting wider since 2012 is really shocking. And George Osborne has

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stepped up his private meetings with representatives to the UK's big

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banks. Where is the evidence for that? And then from -- a source from

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the Financial Times. And now David Cameron's Brexit vote. The

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suggestion is that it will happen next summer, this vote. We have

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elections in May. It can't happen too soon after that. There is a

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suggestion it will be next summer. My sources tell me otherwise, and I

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stand by then it may be September rather than summer, but we can be

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fairly sure it will be 2016. The Prime Minister corrupt agent saying

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next year would be vital and the moment when concern address the

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concern of the British people about our membership. February is the date

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where he has to get his ducks in a row and get his negotiations done.

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Things don't crank up again until January. I can't imagine them

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working faster than that. We have absolutely no movement at all on the

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key reforms, the idea of migrants from within the EU not in claim in

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work benefits for four years after arriving. That was supposed to be a

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line in the sand. He had four key reforms, and everyone said the first

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three were fine. I wonder if he was thinking it would be like when you

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sign the terms and conditions, that's OK, I can't be bothered, sign

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up for all four. But everyone says it is a line in the sand and they

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will not accept that. Cameron has come back saying we have made

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progress towards having an agreement. Is he managing

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expectations, and telling us it would be really hard work, I will

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have to argue all night with them, I will not let them sleep until they

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agree with my demands? Then he can come back as the conquering hero and

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say, I have one against the mean old Europe people for you. His

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negotiating tactic is to go in fully. You go in, and maybe this is

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why he has made progress this time. Go in with a full bladder. I might

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try that before I go on air. Too much information. Don't start. You

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wait if you think that stronger, you wait until you hear what I have

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coming up. -- blogger. Doctors prescribe drugs

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they prescribing Botox to without meeting was like anyone who faces

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it. The fascinating thing, when you look into the history, the medical

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Council were supposed to bringing the rules about prescribing of Botox

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in 2012 after another investigation either BBC found the same thing,

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that little-known to ask, Botox is a medicine you have to have on

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prescription, and in theory, you are supposed to have a face-to-face

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eating with the prescriber, which could be a doctor or dentist. --

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meeting. It is toxic, isn't it? Not just a beauty therapist, who can't

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prescribe the medicine, only very out the procedure. The beauty

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therapist has cold a doctor and the doctor has said I will prescriber

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and has not seen the person who is going to receive it. The Times has

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uncovered that there is no medical supervision in some cases. Not in

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the building at the time, certainly. They have to be registered. It is

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not surprising that it is going on, it is surprising that it an

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illegal. There are serious regulations around it. Let us look

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at the Telegraph. Politically correct universities are killing

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free speech. Academics are concerned about the amount of censorship on

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campuses, to do with who can speak at events, the subjects they can

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talk about. It seems this is in the news a lot. There is an issue here,

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but I am not sure what it is. British universities have become too

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politically correct, but I would suggest you can't be too politically

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correct, because politically correctness means not offending

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people if you don't have to. It has become a pejorative phrase. These

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alleged incidents about not wearing sombreros because it may offend

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Mexican students. They want to pull down a statue of a horrible man who

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did terrible things in Africa. According to some. Some people will

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say he was a pioneer. He is not just Cecil Rose, who was just a horrible

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man in Africa. But they say these statue has historical interest,

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which it does, so it is how do you find the balance? In universities,

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there has to be more latitude for people to examine ideas? Yes, but

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University has a responsibility to think carefully about what it is

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seen to endorse. And so by inviting someone to speak whereby a statue or

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keeping a statue of someone, does that explicitly say we endorse this?

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Is that the right thing to do? One college was paid for by Cecil Rose,

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wasn't it? They are in a bind. There are lots of institutions like that.

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They can't deny the fact they were paid for by one of their famous

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alumna. There are lots of educational establishments where

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money is tainted. What do you do about it? Funded on slave trade

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money. It is too difficult to be a front-page story. It should have a

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university dissertation about it. Someone will write their Ph.D., and

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someone else will ban it. I hope you're not feeling too prudish at

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the moment. Why Colonel bogey but it right about Hitler. That is the

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chewing, we know the words. It turns out the notorious wartime song was

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right all along. Adolf Hitler really did have only one testicle. Well, he

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had one undescended testicle. I love this job sometimes. That is a story

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right there. Apparently incontrovertible truth has been

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discovered by a historian. When it hit that was examined by a prisoner

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doctor, the doctor examined him and found he clearly had an undescended

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testicle on the right side. -- Hitler. Previously the side that was

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thought to be understanding. -- understanding. Fascinating that

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people are still interested in this. There we go. None of us were around

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at the time, but we all know the song. It is part of our history. Any

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word for it I tour you earlier? Monorchid will stop only having the

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one. I learnt it from my English teacher. It has turned out to be

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useful all this time later. Will you be rushing out to grab a

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bargain? No, I would not go to the shops if they were giving out stuff

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for free. Tomorrow was panic Saturday, apparently. Another day

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with another name. I think they make them up, everyday there is a new

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one. I think this one is all our own panic. True, proper, original

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British panic. What do we do on Christmas Eve? It is not really a

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panic tomorrow. I once met someone who was in a panic on Christmas Eve

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who had fallen asleep on the train, got off the train in a hurry and got

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home and realised all his Christmas presents were on the train. It was

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Christmas Eve. That is it. Thank you very much. Katie and James, nice to

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see you both. Merry Christmas, whatever you would like me to wish

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you. Coming up next,

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