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in the cricket against South Africa in Cape Town. More on that later.


Welcome to our Sunday morning edition of the papers. With me are


Phillipa Leighton Jones, editor of WSJ City at the Wall Street Journal


and journist KunalDutta. The the observer leads with flooding and


claims the Government budget cuts are almost doubling the number of


homes considered as being at writhe risk of flooding. The Sunday Times


headline an executive pay row. Saying the Environment Agency PR


chief left the organisation with a six figure payoff despite troubling


week for the agency. The Sunday express leads with the same story.


Saying senior managers at the Environment Agency have been awarded


bonuses worth almost ?300,000. The Independent on Sunday's picture


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


excuse 47 individuals, including a prominent Shia cleveric. The Sunday


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


tables when they leave primary school under new Government plans


It's hunt the guilty parties for the flooding rather than acts of God.


The Environment Agency, we'll get to them in a minute. Revealed how Tory


cuts are wrecking UK flood defences is The Observer splash. Ministers


warned of risk twice the number of homes face threat. This is moving on


to the next chapter of who gets the blame for the lack of flood


defences. This one is particularly damning for the Tories. As you'd


expect from the Observer. This is the emergence of a report from the


association of drainage authorities which warned the Government things


were getting worse. We've had five the wettest winters since 2010 or


since 2,000. As things have progressively got worse, the Tories


have cut the budgets for drainage, flood defences and this is why we're


at the situation we are now. Questions have been asked about this


all week. The emergence of this report and the fact the Tories were


told about this ahead of time calls into question their decision to cut


budgets for this. The key figure in here is today homes at risk from


floods, 330,000, it will rise to 570,000 by 2035 which calls into


question a lot of things. Also, last week, the Government, the word


unprecedented appeared in every statement pretty much they said.


This is saying this might have been unprecedented but not unpredictage.


People thought this could happen if this course of policy was followed?


Yeah, we've seen with floods, initially it was climate change the


big issue. The Government said we've got to do something about climate


change which is such a long-term policy procedure. With actual


flooding itself, it's no coincidence we are seeing this much more


frequently. We are seeing storms almost annually. We only started


naming storms in November and, this was Alf bet cal. And we're already


coming to F. We only started with Abigail in November. So, they've got


nowhere to hide. I think what this is about is saying enough about the


big rhetoric about climate change, we need to do something. Things have


to happen on the ground. Money has though flow into the north where


this problem is being hardest hit rather than just in the capital. The


whole northern powerhouse thing, three Great Northern cities under


water is... That's a huge challenge. Cameron's made the northern


powerhouse a key parts of his election pledge. Look what's


happened. He worried about the pair of wellies he'll don so he doesn't


look posh. Some of these homes arend water some not for the first time.


Lhotse Facing the problem of not being able to insure their homes. It


is miserable. Disgusting when you see what flooding does. The other


way to point the finger of blame is the Environment Agency. This the


Sunday express's take. Fury at fat cat bonuses. Awarded bonuses of


almost ?300,000. This is the other side of it. We were sussing earlier,


the viern agency is effectively public funded. It has to be


accountable to the public. When you see the disconnect between massive


flooding problems and failure of flood defences and you look at the


agency and the bonuses that executives are getting for it, there


is likely to be, publicly, a question of is that actually


working? Rewards for failure. If this was banging. What would happen,


these days anyway, executives would say we accept we haven't done the


job expected. They'd hand back the bonuses or implement some long-term


incentive. That is hard to do when you've something as unpredictable as


the weather. Why not say here's your bonus. We'll pay you in ten years


when we see how you've done. Use the scientific evidence of how things


are going to go. At least work with a modus operandi who... One or two


people not around during the Christmas period when storm Frank


hits. Being in sunny places. The message the head of this agency was


at home with family and they failed to mention at first that at home was


in Barbados. I think it's tricky all round for them. They need to take a


good long hard look at their incentive schemes. This story will


run and run, these two stories about what the Government and Environment


Agency is doing. Given the figures, people won't accept this. They're


not. And these moves where the Government responds like David


Cameron has today, a ?40 million emergency fund to go to Yorkshire.


Matching of charity donations to ?2 million, it's seen as on the hoof


when you're responding to things like this. Whereas, I think,


long-term, there needs to be a much more clear strategy in place which


acknowledges this will be the story that does carry on and will happen


next year probably It seeps haphazard up to now, dare I say, not


taken particularly seriously. There needs to be a revisit of how far up


the agenda this goes. I'm sure David Cameron's thinking about that. One


of the things he's also thinking about, the biggest story we can


predict of 2016, what happens when we vote on Europe, if we vote this


year which most of us seem to think will happen. Pinsters, PM must go if


ministers loose EU vote. It would be terrible for David Cameron


personally if he were to lead a campaign to stay in Europe and the


people rejected it? Yes, it would be bad for him. I just warn everyone


not to underestimate what a master tactics he is strategically. The way


he's pitching getting this deal from Europe he's after, it will be very


carefully presented to the country. I think when it comes to it, don't


under estimate the fact he has until February to get the deal he needs


from Brussels. Then has the lag period where he needs to sell that


into the country. He's very good at that. That's the key point. He


doesn't have much time and is distracted by the floods. Six weeks


Bev he has to do this deal with Europe the. He might or might not


get a good deal. Whatever happens, there will be a huge degree of


uncertainty. His key job is to educate the public. There is still


too little information out there about what EU membership means.


There's been spurious data put out there or heavily spun data. The EU


cost us X amount last week and that's why no flood defences. We've


been spending money on EU membership without telling about the upside of


EU membership. Euro scepticism, Britain's relationship, how


eurosceptic Britain is open to debate. People thought Ukip would be


the party to pull Britain out of Europe or gain attraction. They


haven't done that. When it comes to it, the time he has, if the


referendum is later on, he will have time to build a case very carefully.


It is how considered people are. Those people who are very interested


are very interested. A lot of British people are, we're irritated


by various things but not that bothered. That's part of it. The


other key question is whether, even if he wins this referendum, it


becomes a run are sore. If it is overwhelming we want to stay in or


get out. If it's quite close, David Cameron's still got a split party.


He has but the Tory Party has by its nature has always been dealing with


their disgruntled backbench Eurosceptics. That seas been the


challenge since John Major. David Cameron is one of the more


successful Prime Ministers at keeping them quietly in the back


Birch in the days of John Major we saw leadership challenges talking


about frequently. Someone here said if eurosceptic MPs don't agree with


Cameron, Osborne will have them out so watch out. Let's look at the


Sunday Telegraph. Two quick stories. Nick'spm will be an outsider.


Rebuilding the Conservative Party in Scotland says she believes George


Osborne, Boris Johnson and Theresa May may all be beaten in the race to


beat David Cameron. She says the party are not necessarily good good


at picking people you think. And pupils must know all times table by


age 11. Frankly, if they don't already, it's a good thing for


people to be able to count, isn't it? Geoff knitly able to count,


yeah. That's useful. We were talking about it earlier. What kind of times


tables does, is, I guess the argument goes, gives you an


inference and understanding of numbers you don't necessarily get


otherwise through calculators or coding or anything else. It is so


important for everything else. I've no experience of teaching. I have a


12-year-old son. I've seen some of the maths homework. Everything he


does, you need to know times tables. I was quite shocked pupils didn't


know times tables. 74,000 children are still failing to meet the


standard required. I know teachers of stressed. Maybe there's a failure


of the teaching methods. An implication under Labour the


teaching became quite unstructured. Maybe it needs to be pulled back to


old fashioned teaching. Find different ways to teach children


times tables. Maybe all pupils should know how to spell reasonably


by age 11. A start as well. Read? This is a really interesting story


in the Independent. Dam you, it says. The excuse of 47 prisoners by


the beleagueered Saudi Arabian regime yesterday. 1078 of these were


extreme Sunni Isis lambists. Al-Qaeda persuasion. Many focussed


on the killing of a Shia cleric. A protester but a peaceful man. Yes,


it is to do with power in that region on. The fact the Shia's


rightfully in countries like Saudi Arabia feel marginalised, possibly


oppressed. Sheikh al-Nimr wasn't a violent man. He told the BBC in 2011


breve his arrest words were more powerful than weapons. So,


symbolically, this has had huge ramifications across parts of the


Middle East. Particularly in Iran, the rhetoric coming out of Tehran


last night was extremely hostile. There will be worried as we ally


closer to the Saudi rib ya for what David Cameron argues is national


security reasons, this this destabilisation could have grave


consequences for Britain's relationship. This comes at a very


tricky time for Saudi Arabia. Dividing Shia's and Sunnis further


won't help. On December 28th they implemented a round of austerity


measures, including VAT and taxes on water and electricity. The key


reason there is Saudi is reliant on the ol rev enewes. Oil prices


slumped from $100 a barrel to $38 a barrel. They've bout themselves calm


and legitimacy by being able to provide a relatively comfort for


Saudi nationals. Now, there that could lead to a restive population


there as well. Tricky time for them. Phillipa, I wanted toent on what I


thought was an interesting story in the Sunday Times. Beans means grills


eats like Gwyneth. She's been derided for what she eats, Gwyneth


pal Strow. Bear Grylls doesn't eat much meat and eats more like Gwyneth


Paltrow. They are saying, bear Grylls doesn't eat considering dial


eyes but goes eats seeds and yoghurts, things normal people might


eat. He's done this because he's just written a recipe book. One of


my favourite lines. He doesn't eat much meat, he relies more on plant


food such as quinoa, buckwheat for his protein which surely we all do.


Just catching up with the rest of us. The crocodile eyes are not easy


to get in stains breast. Half of it, I don't know what it is. What did


you make of that story? The great macho guy who has been eating and


preying with barrack Obama in the wild turns out to be eating veggie


burgers? It is a contrast between a television personality who Bear


Grylls is out there, explore tiff. Eating deer. Why do that at home? If


that's his work life, it stands to reason he's not doing that. I want


to see Gwyneth eat a crocodile's eye. That would get on page one.


That's it for the papers.s thank you both. A reminder, we take a look


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