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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers


With me are the journalist and broadcaster Eve Pollard and


Tomorrow's front pages, starting with:


The FT leads on an investigation by Revenue and Customs


into claims foreign sellers on Amazon and eBay are dodging VAT.


Agencies are creaming off up to half of fees paid by NHS hospitals


for locum medics, according to an investigation by the Telegraph.


The Metro says that Christmas shoppers queued


in a six-hour traffic jam to get out of the Bluewater centre in Kent.


Figures showing more than a million migrants entered the EU this year


That story too in the Guardian, which carries a photo


of refugees arriving on the Greek island of Lesbos.


And the Mail says that 100,000 illegal migrants were stopped


The i says that five of the world's big investment banks paid no


corporation tax in Britain last year despite making billions in profits.


The Times says that tens of thousands of European Union


officials are to recieve a payrise worth 100 million euros.


The Times seems to be suggesting that it is a nice Christmas present.


Pay rises and bonuses to cost 100 million. Is this just the straight


reporting of Christmas bonuses? Straight reporting I'm sure, but it


will have its influence on the EU debate. Nigel Farage is quoted here,


surprise surprise. Guess what, he is not happy about it. It seems to be a


lot of money, the bogeyman of the recent debate, Jean-Claude Juncker,


he will get and extra ?8,300. I like the fact that they mention Aaron


Mannan, Lord Hill, he looks to be in line for an extra ?2200 -- they


mention our own man. We know that the banks will be dishing out


millions and millions in bonuses, just after Christmas is over in the


New Year. What is the big deal? I can see what you might get a bonus


if you have done your job. Do you know how many people work for the EU


in Brussels? Occasionally it has to move to Strasbourg it is otherwise


people would get upset, but do you know how many work for them? Rather


a lot. 55,000, bonkers! This is the beginning of the EU debate and I


don't want to vote emotionally, because if I did that is the sort of


story that makes me want to leave. We would be walking out tomorrow.


But it does seem that 55,000 people to run this... To run this huge


organisation. When we went into this, I called my children Claudia


and Oliver so they would have European names and we would be all


full of free trade and working everywhere and speaking French,


well, they both do, but this is not what I signed up for. All of this


cash going out to bureaucrats. What are they doing all day? Once you


have seen the figures and had the outrage, what do you do? One could


argue that if we were better at play in Brussels, if we played a more


constructive part in Brussels then maybe this sort of thing wouldn't


happen and we wouldn't spend so much time moaning about it from the


sidelines. They will not write off Brussels expenses, because the


accountants say they don't add up. We complain about the way Brussels


works, but perhaps if we were more involved in it and we sent better


people, our best people to represent our country, Brussels might not be


so dysfunctional. I would beg every newspaper to get a private


undercover staff in Brussels. It would cost a fortune, if you have


ever had a cup of coffee in Brussels it costs a fortune. I have indeed


had quite a few and they are expensive. The Guardian, just over a


million refugees have tried to reach Europe or have reached Europe this


year alone. I think that is an enormous figure, but I'm not


surprised because the news has been full of people coming from the


Middle East, from Turkey, from wherever. It is quite interesting


that two thirds of them have landed in Greece, and we still don't know


what to do with them, we still haven't sorted out peace for them so


they can go back to where they came from. Of course, a lot of those


refugees are economic refugees... Not a lot of them but a certain


percentage. It is a terrible problem for Greece and for Europe, and yet I


feel very sad for them because what kind of Christmas are they going to


have? As you say, some of them are economic migrants, but the majority


of them are Syrians, people fleeing war. And once you reach the refugee


Convention, it says that you can claim asylum in the country where


you land. And that is Europe. One of the things that worries me when you


see these pictures, they are obviously distressing in their own


right, but I feel that we haven't even begun to grasp the scale of


this. There are massive flows of people, conflicts that are driving


people to leave their homes, and they have the ability to move, by


one way or another, they are moving and I think that we tend to deal


with these things piecemeal when actually we need... Actually, a lot


of people say that they will want to go back to Syria. Well, once you see


film of Raqqa, and then you see Europe, I'm not sure that many


people will want to go back. This is certainly what the UN would say, the


debate about migration has been about how different states can stop


it, put up barriers, not actually adapt to it and deal with it and


make the systems and processes within individual countries workable


to deal with this kind of thing, because you are not going to stop


these people. As you say, compare Syria with... Oxford Street... Which


would you choose? The terrible thing is that there is no plan or cohesive


plan, there is no real advice from the United Nations either, frankly.


The idea that you can just have basically walls all barriers and


that. People, it won't. That is the beginning of the end of the EU,


isn't it? That is the whole thing about Schengen. Australia, they put


up walls, they lock people up in camps. Hungary is building walls.


Some of those countries that have emerged fairly recently from being


under the Communist foot, they will think, I am not giving up this whole


future I dreamt of of capitalism and entrepreneurialism because we have


all these strangers in our midst. Once Donald Trump has built his wall


across the border of America and Mexico, then... Let's worry about


Europe first! The Daily Mail continues this, the number of people


trying to get to the UK has doubled. 100,000 illegal people stopped at


the UK border. The UK border force has filed 30,000 attempts, and it is


quoted that this is something that will occupy the minds of ministers


for sometime come. You would wish it would, but it probably won't,


because they seem more interested in the battle they are having among


themselves about whether we should stay in Europe or not. There are


real things happening that they should be applying their minds to,


but they are not really. What one was hearing today of some of the


truckers who are caught up in this situation, particularly at Calais,


you feel great sympathy for them. They are just trying to do their


jobs and feeling that they are being menaced and no one is helping. These


people who are climbing on trucks and threatening to kill people, they


are living in France. There is no danger in France, there is no war in


France, why won't they stay in France? Why do they want to come


here? More jobs here? Are there more jobs? What I want to say is that


there is something about the way Europe is treating these people,


perhaps. I have to say, possibly as a woman, I would rather live in


France if I was awesome and I didn't have wear a headscarf, but these are


men. I think you are looking at this from a Western perspective, you are


thinking of red wine and cheeses. Nothing wrong with that. I think if


I had the choice I would live in Britain. I think if you have


community connections within the Ethiopian diaspora or the Afghan


diaspora, they are here, they are not in France. I understand that,


and Algerian and Moroccan ones in France, in which case you could


probably get the OK to come and live here she went through formal things.


The French have made it difficult for asylum applications, and the


process is much trickier over there for some reason. Maybe the French


know something we don't know. Let's quickly move on, the independent


front page, the Brits are going back to Helmand Province. At the moment


it is just ten advisers, that looks like the Taliban could overrun the


place. It does, and we have been asked to go in again and help out.


Very distressing for the families of the soldiers who went there, many


soldiers died, British soldiers died or were badly injured, and many will


feel that they are almost back at square one. We ask a lot of our


service people, which is perhaps why we should think twice before cutting


the Armed Forces, as we seem to do. Eve, beneath that picture, top five


banks pay no UK corporation tax. The Chancellor said that he was going to


come down on this kind of thing, didn't he? I thought he did and I am


waiting for him to do it. It is rather like those companies that


sell a lot of stuff in Britain and then pay no tax. We shouldn't


reinvent the wheel, we should make sure that we follow the same rules


that other countries do so that all these banks and companies that sell


and do very well in Britain, pay their taxes here. It must it


possible to see what other countries do. Very difficult, the most


Chancellor can do is sabre rattle. It can't be that difficult, in


America if you are bank pay tax to the IRS. They are tough. I think it


has to come from the top. I guess they will say, George, if you are


tough with us, we will take our business elsewhere. They always say


that, but who is going to leave London? You are going to leave


London, you want to go to France! Finally, the Daily Telegraph.


Nativity film banned for being too religious. Isn't this crazy? I think


you will remember a few weeks ago these cinemas said they would not


have the Lord's prayer as an ad, and they are now stopping a Nativity


film saying that they have a policy banning the political or religious


advertising. At least they are consistent. This is a Church of


England country, the last time we watched. We are down here, Church of


Scotland further north. Yes, as much as I admire the advertising media


society, when you are in the cinema you are looking at where you can put


your coat, will the woman in front stop jumping up and down, how soon


will be ads be over and can you watch a film? My feeling is, show


all the ads you want. As long as they follow the rules of advertising


and behave themselves, I think it is outrageous they don't have this is


shown in cinemas. Cinemas are run by commercial companies, if they have


made a mistake was in the blue the public will let them know. I suspect


you will find that these newspapers are more outraged than the public


are. Sure. I suspect that is probably the case. Thank you both


are coming in. Stay with us, you stay at the top of the hour, but


now, Sportsday. --


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