02/01/2016 The Papers


02/01/2016

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

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With me are Rashid Razaq, culture correspondent for the

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London Evening Standard, and Caroline Wheeler, political

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

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them. The Observer leads with

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the story claiming that government budget cuts are almost doubling

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

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of flooding within 20 years. The Sunday Times headlines

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

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

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

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the same story, saying senior managers at the

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Environment Agency have been awarded The Mail on Sunday features claims

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

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demands while they were married. Mr Danczuk denies all

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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journalist, I genuinely think that information is in the public

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

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

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criticised for not doing enough to prevent flooding devastating parts

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

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

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that we have seen their planning unfortunately come undone in many

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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possibly move without exacerbating tensions within an already divided

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What worries me is this talk about returning to traditional teaching

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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William and Harry have enough sibling relationships. --

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

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

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

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

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back at some of the best reports in 2015, including drone racing, in the

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United States.

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