06/01/2016 The Papers


06/01/2016

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body. We will also have the latest in the League Cup and the latest

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from the BDO world darts Championship. That is after the

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papers. -- The Papers. Hello and welcome to our look ahead

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to what the the papers will be With me are the political

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commentator Lance Price and Bronwyn Curtis, from the Society

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of Business Economists. We will start with the Financial

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Times which says the Chancellor George Osborne warns that unless

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tough economic reforms are stuck to, it could mark the beginning of the

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decline for the British economy. He cites the Chinese slowdown and

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plummeting oil prices as two crucial factors. The I talks about five

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extremists it says have slipped out of the country despite travel bans.

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The Metro has a story that exams have been altered amid concerns that

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Muslim children fasting during Ramadan will be unable to produce

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their best work. That story is also on the front page of the Daily Mail

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and there is a picture of Prince George of on his first day to

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nursery. The Daily Express warns Britain will

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freeze with snow and subzero temperatures heralding the start of

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proper winter weather. The Guardian leads on North Korea's

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claims it has tested a hydrogen bomb.

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There are doubts about the type of device that was detonated.

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The Telegraph says the Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump

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has threatened to withdraw nilly 700 millions of pounds of investment in

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Scotland as he hits back at attempts to ban him from the country.

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Lance, we will start with the Guardian. Defiant Hilary Benn, still

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Shadow Foreign Secretary declares I have not been muzzled. The

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suggestion is that part of the deal for him staying in his post would

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not be as this difference as he has been in declaring his opposition to

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certain elements of the Labour leadership's policies. But he is

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saying he has not been muzzled. I spent much of the afternoon down at

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Westminster. I have spoken to some of the people at the centre of the

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story. Those around Hillary Benn are absolutely adamant that not only has

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he not signed up to any new terms of agreement or be muzzled as it might

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have been described, but he was never even asked to do so. I think

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there has been a lot of very let's say I'm helpful briefing, both

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before, during and after this lengthy and rather preposterous at

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times reshuffle. That is another piece of disinformation that has

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been thrown into the pot. He will carry on as before. Bronwen, with

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your outsider eyes, if you don't mind me saying that, what does this

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look like to you? They are opposition, they are supposed to be

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keeping checks and balances on the Conservatives and we have all this

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going on. I see this over and over and I think, not again. Coming from

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the outside, when I was in business and I had people, I wanted the best

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people around me. I wanted to employ the best people. Even if they don't

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agree with you. What you should be able to do, if you are a leader and

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if you are good enough, and I always hoped I was good enough, to bring

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them all along with you, so you really can be an effective business,

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opposition, government, whatever it is. I find this a little bit

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surprising, and a bit unnerving that did he not have the best people

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before? Does he have the best people now? That is an important point

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because normally reshuffles are there to clear away the dead wood.

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You might want to get somebody better into their post but these are

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very good performers. These are some of the brightest people on Labour's

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front bench who appeared to pose a threat real or imaginary to Jeremy

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Corbyn. They are people that any Labour leader would want. Who is at

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fault for this? Does the blame for the handling of this whole thing I

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at Seamus Milne's door? He is the director of communications. There

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are questions being asked publicly about Seamus Milne. Labour should

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have been out there campaigning on the floods and rail fares and the

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health service and all sorts of things which really matter to

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people. The story was allowed to run and run, including the threat to

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Hilary Benn's position. If this position was never under threat,

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they had plenty of opportunity to kill that story if they had wanted

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to. They kept it going. It was badly handled if media terms but also in

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political terms. It has been pretty shabby. North Korea's hydrogen bomb

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sends shock waves through the UN. It is not the first time they have done

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it, I think it is the fourth time they have set off some sort of

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nuclear device, shall we say. No one is clear if it is the more powerful

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hydrogen bomb or the common or garden atom bomb. That is bad

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enough! Apparently, the seismic measurement was such that it

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probably was not a hydrogen bomb. The interesting thing about this

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particular article is it is talking about how will the UN react to this.

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It is the first time that China has joined in the global protest against

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this nuclear test. They are looking now at what they are going to do. I

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think in this article the UN ambassador for Japan is saying the

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UN needs to do something quickly, in terms of sanctions. They're already

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20 entity is and I think 12 individuals who have sanctions

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against them, and I think they want increase that. Normally, North

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Korea, they set off some kind of device or they fire a missile across

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the Straits of two pan, they do this to get attention and they do this to

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try and get concessions from the international community. -- the

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Straits of Japan. Setting of a hydrogen bomb will have the opposite

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effect and tighten sanctions against? And there have been

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previous stories where they appear to stop doing this sort of thing to

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get sanctions lifted, but once again it raises questions about how

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effective these sanctions can ever be, and whether or not the nutcases

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who run countries like North Korea really care. Those at the top are

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already subject to sanctions so you add another 20 names to the list,

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does that make any difference at all to the intentions of the regime? It

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may well be a publicity stunt. They want to be noticed, they want to be

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taken seriously. They probably like the fact the UN Security Council has

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to be formed in response to them. This shows the weakness of the

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United Nations rather than the strength.

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Onto the I, Bronwyn, five more extremist slipped out of the UK? How

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difficult is it to get out of the UK? Clearly quite easy, even if you

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have a passport. Your passport is checked on the way in, but I cannot

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remember the last time my passport was checked on the way out and that

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is the problem. You do have your photograph taken now and I'm sure

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they're not instigated enough to have face recognition that sort of

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thing. Also, if you warn these people that they should be handing

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in their passports, I think, if I was a terrorist, I would be getting

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out of the country. I think they will have to tighten it up. The

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pressure is really being put on Theresa May now and the Home Office

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over this. The question is what do you do? Theresa May has indicated

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they will introduce passport checks on exits from the UK but that in

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itself does not mean anything. As an island nation it is easy enough to

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slip out of the country. How far do you go in the other direction? It is

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worth noting that of the five people the story talks about, three of them

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are supposed to have been killed in drone strikes since they left.

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Clearly, it is preferable to make sure they don't leave in the first

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place. Do you start putting electronic tag some people so you

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can monitor them electronic way to find out where they are? The person

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at the centre of all this had not been before a judge. He was only on

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police bail. They're always questions about how far you can go.

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Onto the Financial Times. Osborne warns of a risk -- cocktail of risks

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over China and the slump in oil. I think the global economy is in for a

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bumpy ride and what he's saying is a lot of these are external. China, we

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have seen the stock markets have really taken a beating this week

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over the slowdown in China, the slump in oil prices, oil prices

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below $35 for the first time in 25 years. Tensions we have talked about

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between Saudi Arabia and Iran and therefore, they won't get together

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in Opec and perhaps try and push oil prices up. What he's saying is,

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don't forget there a crisis, we are not through it yet, we still have to

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deal with austerity and we cannot let it go. Is he saying we are going

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to miss another deficit reduction target? I think he's indicating

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that. There was a comment at Christmas that the growth figures

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were better than he thought, now he looks like the opposite is the case.

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Bronwyn is the expert not me, there are huge shocks like the situation

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in China, the fall in the price of oil, and how is a bit more austerity

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Britain is supposed to protect us from that, I don't understand. I

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think one of the problems is if growth slows then you don't get the

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tax revenues in, and so if you let off the brakes, it all starts to

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balloon out again. All right. We will end it finally on the Daily

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Telegraph. Trump's ?700 million threat to the UK. Basically, some of

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his comments in the United States have ruffled feathers around the

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world, as he runs for the leadership of the Republican party and to be

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contender for the White House. Some Brits are suggesting he

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Basically, this is his threat. But he is

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million and I am not going to do that. He is running a business, so

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obviously, his business requires him to invest in what he already has in

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Scotland. Could he be making that up? Donald Trump makes a lot of

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threats! He seems to have a poor understanding of how British

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democracy works. There may be a debate in the House of Commons but

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he will not be banned from coming here so this will not arise. You

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will both be back in an hour's time. Thank you. Stay with us on BBC News.

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