02/01/2016 The Papers


No need to wait until tomorrow morning 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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Police say those involved are believed to have known each other.


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


With me are Rashid Razaq, culture correspondent for the


London Evening Standard, and Caroline Wheeler, political


They have both been brushing up on their timetables since I last saw


them. The Observer leads with


the story claiming that government budget cuts are almost doubling


the number of homes considered as being at "significiant risk"


of flooding within 20 years. The Sunday Times headlines


an executive pay row, saying the Environment Agency's PR


Chief left the organisation with a six-figure pay-off, despite


a troubling week for the agency. The Sunday Express leads with


the same story, saying senior managers at the


Environment Agency have been awarded The Mail on Sunday features claims


from Labour MP Simon Danczuk's first wife, that he made excessive sexual


demands while they were married. Mr Danczuk denies all


the allegations made against him. The Independent on Sunday's picture


shows a woman in Bahrain protesting against Saudi Arabia's decision to


execute 47 individuals, an act that The Sunday Telegraph reports that


11-year-olds will be expected to know all their times tables


when they leave primary school, We will start with the Sunday


Express. You have written this story. A fury at flood fatcat


bonuses. It comes as a courtesy of the freedom of information act. Many


of your viewers know it is coming under attack. There have been moves


to limit its scope. It has generated many interesting stories. As a


journalist, I genuinely think that information is in the public


interest, and otherwise will not be out there, is exposed day in and day


out. In this instance, we found out that the Environment Agency,


criticised for not doing enough to prevent flooding devastating parts


of the North and threatening other parts of the country, have a death


senior staff and directors ?300,000 in bonuses. That is despite the fact


that we have seen their planning unfortunately come undone in many


areas, like York, which are still under water. People's minds entitle


them to bonuses. -- contracts. But people may question whether they are


appropriate these days. These would have been paid before the recent


flood. But I want to know what it was they did deemed successful. Why


did they merit these bonuses? By any measure, most people would have


thought they have failed. It is at a time of peak and shrink. -- a


shrinking. We are seeing bonuses in some ways been used to top up


salaries. -- pay shrinking. This is at a time when the funding for this


could have been spent elsewhere, like propping up flood defence is.


Anything that would have stopped these flooding is. -- defences. --


floodings. Maybe they did something we don't know about. We asked them


this and they did they cut back office costs and had been investing


more on the frontline. These figures were standalone and were there to be


seen. The Observer two. -- Observer. Ministers are warning of risk. The


suggestion is we will see much more examples of flooding. This is really


a leaked document. Almost twice as many households are read significant


risk. -- are at. Repair for more of the same. They will have a rethink.


-- Prepare. After that, they will think, we cannot allow this to


happen again. The problem I have, having been in the lobby for 12


years, I have seen many instances of flooding throughout the time I have


been dead. There was often a knee-jerk reaction, more money


pledged. -- there. Yet nothing changes about how we tackle this


flooding. We have seen people, and again in this report, they have said


they need to change their approach to managing the systems, to have a


more long-term approach. That is the problem. We have a short-term


approach. It rains, we say, we must bolster this flood defence, but


actually we need to think further forward about what is happening in


the age. You could turn the clock back and not build houses where they


have built them. -- future. A high-stakes reshuffle. The Shadow


Home Secretary, Hilary Benn, they were at God with the Syria air


strikes. -- odds. He made that impassioned speech that many said


was the best Westminster had been. He is a popular figure, Tony Benn's


son, which make it difficult for Jeremy Corbyn to move him. He has


one of the top jobs. It would be difficult to see where he could


possibly move without exacerbating tensions within an already divided


party. Who will replace an? Diane Abbott? -- him. Will that help


Jeremy Corbyn? Another paper suggests that he will not let that


happen. He will not let Diane Abbott take his job. Whether he has a


choice of makes a stink about it will remain to be seen ex-Met.


Independent on Sunday. -- next week. Danny. Saudi Arabia executing 47


prisoners. -- Damn You. Tehran is protesting to the outrage around the


world. But still, many hold on to their relationship with Saudi


Arabia. -- protesting. The independent has taken an independent


line. Why do we have to stay friends with these tyrants? But who has a


better record, Iran or Saudi Arabia? It is much of a muchness. This is a


political campaign. It is hard to be too is the worst. It is. This is an


escalation of tension in that part of the world. They have shown muscle


over this. Iran came out and said they would be a huge price to pay


for this action. -- there would be. Immediately, Saudi Arabia responded.


It is a tussle. We will have to see how it escalates over coming days.


It isn't just in their backyard. There are proxy war is happening


everywhere. Yemen, Bahrain, -- wars. The whole region. You have oil with


the US and Russia. There are so many different machinations to this. This


cleric, he is a symbol of that. But he isn't the cause of what we are


talking about the plight a few similar pieces in the peak last


night. -- about. How long can you keep justifying a relationship like


this? -- papers. We have had to justify the relationship with them


before. Whether it is appropriate to continue that relationship. It


raises some prospects about our role in the world. However, I question


what kind of influence we have any more in that particular path of the


world and region. -- part. David Cameron has not been silent on this


matter, he has been very clear that Britain does oppose any country with


a death penalty. I think it is questionable to attacking on that.


Very quickly, a look at the Sunday times. The Prime Minister must go if


he loses the EU vote, according to ministers and. A difficult time for


David Cameron, trying to renegotiate the relationship with the EU. --


ministers. This is a warning shot to him. He stakes so much of his


political capital on this. If he loses, he knows he will not be able


to stay. He has been pressed on it. This story is really saying that


cabinet ministers are saying, let's give him a free vote, but they were,


you are more vulnerable. To make a campaign to stay in and lose. The


Telegraph. A couple of stories. People must know their times tables


at the age of 11 before moving to secondary school. In many parts of


the country. Pretty important things, aren't they, times tables. I


know in the last hour I put him on the spot and embarrassed us all. --


timestables. You need to use them every day. I totally agree with you.


What worries me is this talk about returning to traditional teaching


methods. In my head I see a story with a teacher standing at the board


with a ruler making everyone chanced their times tables. That is not a


constructive way to make people learn. But that is how, certainly


because I have been involved with, that is how they do teach. You


unpack it all and understand what it means. And you never forget it. Do


you? Please don't put me on the spot again. It is an easy thing that may


look impressive. Saying your times tables. But is it important? I don't


know. I am not good at maths. I wouldn't be an expert. And look at


you, still with us, writing for the Standard. People seem to not be able


to get enough of these children. George and Charlotte. What is he


saying he? A lovely story. -- here. I am not usually a royalist. Even


though you work for the Express. I am reckoned that. It is a lovely


story. -- I am rare in that. This, rates the 40th anniversary of the


Princes trust. He talks about his fatherhood. -- Trust. It has made


him more emotional and he sees life is more precious. --. It seems that


William and Harry have enough sibling relationships. --


relationship. In the letters, they both decided it was drivel. It is


nice to know that even Princes take the meat out of their father. I wish


I had a sibling to do the same. -- mick. I hope you come back again and


we didn't scare you away. That is it. Coming up next, Click. We look


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