01/01/2016 The Papers


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Olly Foster. An interesting subject...


Hello, and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers


With me are the political commentator, Miranda Green, and the


Daily Telegraph's chief political correspondent, Christopher Hope.


Tomorrow's front pages, starting with the FT.


The FT's picture is of the shooting in Tel Aviv.


They also feature President Obama's New Year's message


and claim he is planning to bypass Congress to impose new controls


We will talk about that in a moment.


Pope Francis at his New Year's Day mass dominates


Kissing the leg of a statue of Jesus.


It also reports on the potential for British troops to face criminal


charges over abuse and unlawful killings during the Iraq War.


The Daily Mail has comments from the first wife of suspended Labour


MP Simon Danczuk about the impact which the allegation that he sent


explicit messages to a 17-year-old is having on their family.


"A student-cheating crisis" is the headline on the Times.


It says almost 50,000 students have been caught cheating


The i says Jeremy Corbyn must get 35% of the vote in next year's


elections if he's to avoid a coup from fellow party members.


The Sun reports on a former Eastenders actress, Sian Blake, who


has been missing with her two young children for almost three weeks.


Government plans to double the fine for littering to ?150 leads


Our guests, Christopher Hope, is the author of that story.


And, the Mirror has claims from a couple


who say they missed out on a ?35 million lottery jackpot, because of


Right... Veranda, the Financial Times and President Obama. --


Miranda. The last 12 he has an office. Determined to leave his mark


-- in. 2015 had so many shootings. The last of those was the San


Bernardino shooting, which turned out to be a terrorist attack. The


problem President Obama had was being vocal about wanting to tackle


gun control. After that shooting he pulled back during December because


his remark were going badly when it turned out to be a freelance


jihadist attack. -- remarks. But he has now returned to the fight and


has used his first message of the new year to say he wants to bypass


Congress and start to impose fairly limited restrictions on who is able


to own a gun, buying a gun, carry a gun, keep guns at home... This is


something to do with American culture which is so deep that even


trying to do the smallest bit of good reform is controversial. It


would be an absolute gift to Donald Trump in his fight to be the


Republican candidate for the president debates. I wonder how you


think Democrats will respond. They feel strong about gun control, but


they must be worried that Obama is giving such a controversial subject


to the start of the election year. It could hamper their prospects. It


does work with the frontrunner, one of the two front-runners, it is all


about legacy for Barack Obama. We saw at the end of Tony Blair's


time, the state of the union, January the 12th, and then the


elections in November. He has almost woken up from his Christmas lunch


and thought, let's get on with getting a proper deal on this. He is


so frustrated with the lack of any movement on gun control. The Federal


government can only control shops selling guns, they cannot go and


deal with those who buy guns. That is a stalemate. Although he wants to


get the buyers to have back on cheques, it is a reminder of the


checks and balances can also prevent things being done. -- checks. It


will slow down a president who wants to take radical action. In this


story, it is the move will be criticised as being his imperial


presidency. And excessive attempt by the sitting president to impose his


will. -- an. In 2013, Congress actually tried to put together a


bipartisan bill, both parties trying to introduce quite limited


background checks on who was supplying to buy a gun, that got


nowhere, because the Senate blocked and. There are efforts from time to


time to try to move the culture on this. -- it. This country is


mystifying. That they can have these guns and there is no... It's just


has not happened properly. -- it. You mentioned San Bernardino, that's


terrible incident at a work Christmas party where a guy started


shooting his colleagues. -- that. As he said, it turned out to be an


Islamic State sympathiser, along with his wife and we have this


interesting story, Christopher, on the front of the Guardian terror


alerts are the new normal. Guardian,. These words, in Germany,


a have been evacuating train stations. -- they. They hampered the


new year is celebration. -- New Year's. We have faced a lot with the


IRA issues in mainland Britain in the 80s and 90s. They could face


that. It is really... It is the new normal. How sad, that we should be


marking the new year with this kind of headline. But it is true. Also,


this story is interesting because the terrorism experts they have


interviewed in The Guardian to layout is very, this is the


background we will experience all the time. -- lay out this theory.


They said this will happen all the time. The fireworks in Paris did not


happen. We were watching it on the BBC News channel last night. The Arc


de Triomphe lit up, mixed messages. Brussels has cancelled everything.


Other places in London went ahead with everything as if nothing had


happened. I suppose that is the interesting question. What is the


right response? Absolutely. What these experts are saying is that the


problem, post- Paris, is that Isis have proved they can do it. Whereas


in the past, in fact, they are saying, since the Mumbai attacks in


2008, they knew there was potential for these awful, kind of hybrid


attempts, suicide bombing, also, people going crazy with... Doing a


simultaneous attack in different locations. They knew it was a


possibility. But after Paris, we are now seeing the reality, 130 people


slaughtered. It makes it much more difficult for the authorities,


weighing up the balance of risks to say, let's carry on, let's check it


out... As it becomes more normal they will take a weathered review on


them and those warnings. Perhaps they will not be so trigger-happy.


You have, do the terrorists win, that argument. Like the San


Bernardino attack if you get these crazy freelancers who are joining in


jihad but not as a part of any structural network and you do get


warnings about named individuals, as has happened today, what length do


you go to shut down... The authorities in Munich, last night,


New Year's Eve, having had these early, general, vague warnings


across Europe about somebody doing something somewhere that the if you


do not act, it is even worse. Rather than it being mildly annoying for


people trying to get to a party. -- somewhere. The point is, people


might be frustrated with authorities, but it is difficult.


Let's look at the telegraph smack. -- Telegraph. A health story. Salary


paid comparators. -- pay so be a list of people earning more than the


Prime Minister and whether that acceptable. -- A list of. It is


talking about Chief executives and nurses. -- Executives. There is a


lot of talk about this ratio with the top people, wherever that is,


public or private sector, and the average pay of the workforce. And,


you No, in the public sector, where it is essentially taxpayer's money,


people get angry at this idea that it is excessive. -- you know. In the


NHS where we know there is a kind of a relic -- a heroic feeling with


nurses and doctors, the idea that there is a layer of people earning


more than the Prime Minister, it sticks in the throat. This latest


story is about hospital chief executives, there are record


salaries here of ?140,000 a year. It is a lot of money. -- ?340,000.


People are also talking about the top layer of government. Council


chief executives. This is different, because, Christmas, more money,


Whitehall, the government has stepped in, gave him the money he


wanted... I was talking on Radio 4 with him to talk about the salaries,


he was reluctant to talk about... The Chief Executive, he was


reluctant to criticise, but he sets the tone. I wonder why that is. Is


it because we could not get people to do these jobs unless we pay them,


are they so difficult to run our... That is always the reason given in


public and private actor. -- now. They say that this is the market


rate. -- sector. Winnie the Pooh as people. That is why we have to pay


them so much. -- We need the best people. They have been asked to go


in to the head of trust and make cuts. Sack people. Bring down


services available. People find that difficult to stomach. It is not what


it was before Christmas. That is what people will think this morning.


The money for doctors and nurses... They have a poisonous issue at the


moment between the junior doctors, moment between the


government. It looks like we are adding to strike action in the NHS


by junior doctors. believing that. That is right. We


are hearing about 19% pay rises for chief


move on, Christopher, you have to say he was the man of 2015.


here on January the first a year ago with our predictions. We won't give


them tonight. We would not have predicted very cold and being the


leader of the Labour Party by the end of the year. -- Jeremy Corbyn.


Or would you? No, not at all. But he is in power. This is the story in


the Independent. He is setting a low level of what would be a win for


him, 35% could this be tossed in by Jeremy Corbyn supporters? --


topspin. 5% more than were Ed Miliband got to in the General


Election. We, as journalists, pushed it on to him, though it is not a


fair number. They are getting their retaliation in months early. People


will extrapolate that they are setting the bar quite low, because


in a set of local elections, you No, they should be getting 35% at


least. That is the crux of the matter. -- know. Ed Miliband had a


35 cents strategy before the May 2015 General Election. --%. And they


did not make that quite David Cameron. -- that. David Cameron is


not even running the election. Into someone else. Let's move on to the


Times. These are very interesting figures they have got here. They


have got the story and they have got figures from 70 universities in the


United Kingdom. It is about the scale of fraud in higher education,


and it is pretty bad. It really is revealing a troubled. They call it


an academic of the later -- they call it an epidemic. It is students


coming in from other parts of the world and those students are an


absolute moneyspinner fur United Kingdom university. It is why it is


quite interesting. Are the rules being in forced properly. -- in that


the enforced. Why would that be? If you did kick them out you would lose


money. What a great story. It is so important that it is preserved. They


must be defended. One of the things I am struck with here is that the


university has got over 1000 students and in three years, they


had 1900 students accused of cheating. You sense that the scale


of the problem is this big, then what is university doing? If this is


the scale of it and they are not tackling it even with the cases we


know about. Of course copying and the Internet... Fortunately it did


not happen in our day. Thank you both very much. Now we have sports


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