06/01/2016 The Papers


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


With me are the political commentator Lance


Price, and Bronwyn Curtis, from the Society of Business Economists.


The FT, which says the Chancellor George Osborne will warn that unless


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


He cites the Chinese slowdown and plummeting oil prices


The i leads on a story about five extremists it says have


slipped out of the UK to join terror groups, despite having travel bans.


The Sun says red wine drinkers are being warned to stop thinking it's


good for them, with its supposed health benefits set to be rubbished


The Mail says exam timetables for this summer's GCSEs


and A-Levels have been altered over fears that Muslim children fasting


during Ramadan will be unable to produce their best work.


The Express warns Britain's set to freeze when it's battered


by an Arctic blast next week, bringing with it snow and subzero


temperatures heralding the start of what it calls proper winter weather.


The Guardian leads on North Korea's claims it's tested a hydrogen bomb -


it says the UN Security Council has threatened


the country with new punitive measures, and there are also doubts


The Telegraph says Republican Presidential candidate


Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw nearly ?700 million


of investment in Britain, as he hits back at attempts to ban


And the Times claims ministers are now


considering a tax on sugary drinks, after evidence showed it would


It has a picture of Prince George who has started his first day


The reshuffle that does not seem to want to end. The pack is continually


being shuffled and shuffled. It is still going on. We have had three


resignations today, so Jeremy Corbyn is to find three people to replace


those who have left. It is a bit of chaos. It looks very chaotic. I am


looking from the outside, I am not a political preacher will stop but it


seems to me one of the things when I was employing people, I always tried


to employ the best people. They may not always agree with me, they may


not always agree with each other, but what you hope to do was put


together the best you can get, and mould them into a team to go forward


together. That is what leadership is about. This does not look like this.


It looks like getting rid of those who have spoken out against the


views of Jeremy Corbyn one of his supporters. Politics is slightly


different from business in that regard. Some people would argue you


want the best talent but also need to speak with a united voice, and it


would save the Labour Party has not been doing that, especially on


crucial issues like defence and Syria and foreign policy. That is


trying is trying to do, have a united party. You do want a united


party, and a coherent voice. But everyone doesn't have to agree with


each other. One of the strengths of Jeremy Corbyn's new approach to the


leadership is that he said it is OK to debate. In the past, we have been


a bit too rigid in a system where everyone in the Cabinet or Shadow


Cabinet had to agree with everything everyone else said. Everyone knew


that is not our works. We would sit around and discuss everything and


not always agree. Is it naive to talk about a new politics? Was that


just rhetoric? I think it was. A lot of it was just rhetoric, and an


excuse for allowing Jeremy Corbyn to cover up for the fact he did not


have the authority. He has the support of about 10% of MPs on the


Labour benches in the House of Commons. He has to manage a


situation where he has a large body of support no body can deny amongst


membership outside, but when it comes to the party in Westminster,


who are the men and women who have to work with him, there is a really


difficult relationship. This business around the reshuffle will


make that relationship far worse. It is not just the three Shadow


ministers that no one has heard of outside of West Minister resigning


occurs to other people were sacked. It is that people who have a lot of


respect because they are hard-working people are not only


forced out of jobs but also trashed afterwards by some of the People


around Jeremy Corbyn. That is unprofessional. That is an


interesting point. Define Hilary Benn claims he has not been muzzled,


says one paper. Those colleagues of his who have lost their jobs in the


reshuffle have been described as disloyal and part of a right wing


clique. Is that the kind of rhetoric that you would expect, especially in


the political arena, when you want to be seen as capable of running the


country? It looks very amateurish to me. It looks as though everyone is


talking about everyone else I know backs, talking to the media. --


behind their backs. That is not what I want to see. We voted the People


who got in. They represent asked. I want them to be able to represent


us. I find this sort of disorganised... I find it


amateurish. You may be point as a voter, as a member of the public,


this looks bizarre and amateurish. Are the public taking notice of


this? One interview suggested it is a bit like the pre-season games for


football. This is just the warmup, and no one really cares. It is not


until you get close to a collection that people will care. There is some


truth to that. Although people to form impressions of any process


whether it is sport or politics. In contents is something people can


smell, and it is written all over these stories and what has happened


over the past few months. If those like months. -- it feels like


months. It does feel like the reshuffle has gone on for weeks and


weeks. It has turned out to be, compared to the blood threatened to


bespoke, something far less serious. Yet it is all over the papers and


broadcast media for days. That does have an impact. It may not have


anything to do with their everyday lives, but the most important thing,


if you are a political leader, every decision you make you should think,


does this make my party more credible, more electable? All of


these decisions fail those tests. Let's go to the Financial Times.


George Osborne will give a speech where he will warn that the country


is heading for rocky economic times. This is because of external risks. A


lot of external risks. There are a lot of them. He also makes the point


that last year, we had the slowest global growth since the crisis. So


he is looking at these risks. It is China that is been all over the


media. We have seen the stock market really volatile, crashing, and


people are worrying about whether China is slowing down too much. The


slump in the oil price, and a $35. -- under. Saudi Arabia and Iran are


disagreeing, putting it mildly, and yet you expect the oil price to go


up. But it went down again because you were not getting any agreement


in OPEC. There is the fact that the UK economy, the numbers recently are


much weaker than perhaps they thought they would be. It means the


deficit might be higher. One thing the Conservatives have over Labour,


polls would suggest, they are way ahead on economic readability. The


latest poll suggested the Conservatives were 42% and Labour


18%, reiterating George Osborne's point that there are not economic


times ahead. That helped his cause any cause of his party. Those


figures are woeful. It is a cause of great concern. It does bring it back


to the arguments of austerity, whether or not it has run its course


or George Osborne can continue to make because we need to be cutting


back on spending and perhaps increasing taxes, which is something


the Tories are normally reluctant to do. The problem for Labour is they


don't have an alternative narrative. They say they are not happy with


austerity and think it hurts the wrong people, but there is not a


coherent alternative. One silver lining for some people, interest


rates will probably not go up. Any time soon. That is what it looks


like, because we are looking at growth that is quite soft, and


coming out of the US Federal Reserve today, they said it was a close call


on interest-rate hikes. They don't want to do that again soon. They are


talking about another quarter point hikes, but it pushes interest-rate


further into the future for everybody. Netflix launches in 130


countries in an online streaming battle with Amazon. This tells us


the whole way in which we get our entertainment is changing so fast.


People are switching on to things like I prime and Netflix, and


compared to the prices people pay for their sky subscriptions is a


very cheap way of getting television -- Amazon prime. Some people still


have to make these programmes. It is like journalism and any other


business. If people don't want to pay money, they will not get quality


of product. Have you got Netflix? No, but I have been looking at it,


and the reason I have been looking at it is because I was checking


yesterday my television Rundle. -- bundle. I won't say which one it is.


Because they drag you in with discount, it has almost doubled in


the last 12 months because discounts go away after three or six months.


As they do with Amazon and Netflix. But they are very expensive. Just


with movies and entertainment, and broadband, I am up at ?90 or more.


That is far too much. I will look at an alternative. That is what they


are doing in the US. How can they keep it so cheap in comparison to


other satellite providers? It is called revenue investment. They are


spending money to discount to get people in, to sign them up, and once


you are signed up, most people just continue and don't look at it. Is


that what Netflix will do? I think so. It is Netflix, Amazon, and there


is too much competition, so there will be some fallout. But the model


depends on dramatic growth in customers, which is what this story


is suggesting. Netflix have 74 million already endured in the US,


and 3.2 billion people have the Internet. The Daily Mail, exams


being set early to fit in with Ramadan. This to accommodate fasting


Muslims. They are trying to suggest this is a shock horror scandal and a


threat to the British way of life, but it strikes me as sensible.


Ramadan moves each year, but so does Christian festivals. The school


calendar changes to accommodate whenever it is to happen is to be in


any particular year. I don't see a problem right similar changes should


not be made to accommodate Hamadan and the fact some kids are fasting


and therefore not at that test. -- Ramadan. The suggestion is that all


kids have to move their exams because of this. That could cause


problems for Christian kids or whatever? Any kids. Is it fair? I am


trying to find the opposition to this as well. You want students to


do their best, because we want the best people to pass exams as well as


they can because you want them skilled and in the workforce. You do


not want them to suffer because they have not been eating. It is not a


big deal. What is your story? On the front page. I think it is trying to


put the word Muslims in a headline and suggest because sensible changes


have been put in place, that somehow there is a threat. All right. Excuse


me. Moving on to the Sun. This is an. A. Red wine is not good for you.


What is that about? Back in 1995, they told us small amounts of


alcohol, especially red wine, are good for us. Now they are not. Now


they have decided actually, really, the health benefits are much more


from exercise, eating greens and all of that stuff. All of that horrible


stuff. Really they are saying it is bad for us. The fact is, we are


drinking less alcohol as they say in this article. But not enough less.


You have aged extremely well. The good news in the small print is that


the health benefits are still there for men over 40. Which is probably


both of us. And another group we won't discuss. And postmenopausal


women. You said it. Busting myths on the inside page of the Sun, it stop


you getting fat. It prevents cancer, wrong. It prevents memory loss,


wrong. It prevents bug bites, wrong. It cuts heart disease et cetera it


is all nonsense. I dislike it. I like the taste. It is not reached my


memory so badly. -- damaged. You just have to wait six months and


there will be a report that says the opposite. Thank you both. Stay with


us on BBC News. Much more coming up.


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