07/01/2016 The Papers


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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be


With me are Rowena Mason, the political correspondent


at the Guardian and Ben Chu, the Economics Editor


And we will start with the Financial Times. The turmoil on the global


financial markets. And the Metro reports on the killing


of Sian Blake and her children. And the Daily Express talks about house


prices and the cold weather. And Whitehall signing of an official


letter from the top medic questioning weather striking junior


doctors would be available to help in the event of a Paris style terror


attack. And the Daily Telegraph says that there are now he state alcohol


guidelines. And The Guardian with that advice, no more than one pint


per day for men. And Times talks about that Syrian town of macro


three -- of Madaya, with people dying of starvation.


And we will start with the markets turmoil. Global markets and fresh


term I'll -- fresh turmoil. Big sell-offs in China, then followed by


not quite as big but sizeable sell-offs in European and American


markets. China, the equity market there, people think this is


all-important, but not that important. What is important is the


slowing of the Chinese economy affecting the rest of the world.


People reading into what is happening in the financial markets


as a proxy indicator for that. That is why people are getting upset and


not help that the Chinese are making matters worse, but I think what they


will do is put more of the state money into the markets tomorrow to


try and prop it up. Which is what was done last summer when there was


an equally big sell-off. Politically, we have had the


Chancellor George Osborne saying that these sort of headwinds from


China and other markets around the world, developing markets


particularly, will cause ructions for the British economy, some


suggesting cynically he is basically putting his excuses out there ahead


of time or when he potentially does not meet his deficit reduction


targets? Rob Lee al little of that, he said that is a dangerous cocktail


of different factors that could be negative for the UK economy. --


probably little of that. And warning in advance of anything going wrong,


an insurance policy, so if things turn out all right he can claim


credit and if it goes wrong you will say that it's not his fault, it is


all these things happening abroad. And the factor of the opposition as


well, the Conservatives have quite a lead in most opinion polls against


Labour on economic matters. It helps them as the Chancellor to suggest


that he is in the best party to deal with any difficult economic


circumstances ahead. But the Chinese economy, you alluded to the problems


that existed last summer, so we know the Chinese economy has gone through


a bumpy patch but the Autumn Statement, on November the 5th,


suggested everything would be rosy with the British economy, an extra


?25 billion not used to offset the deficit, but used in various tax


breaks? Yes, forecasts have unchanged, and George Osborne was


not seeing the British economy will slow down but carry reasonably, this


is sort of an if that is some kind of headwinds that has not been


factored into the forecast that throws everything off kilter, that


is what he is alluding to, but nothing in the economic data for the


UK. There is slight slowdown but nothing that would cause anyone to


say this has changed dramatically since last month or even last


summer. And The Independent, revealing how Whitehall officials


sexed up the case against junior doctors, we know they will


potentially strike on Tuesday, the first of three stoppages they are


planning. But an interesting take on the whole situation? Yes, and this


will make the tense and Phoebe Ryle atmosphere over the we junior


doctors feel they have been treated even worse. It appears that the


director of NHS England was consulting with Jeremy Hunt about


this letter he released in November, which was questioning whether junior


doctors would be available if there was a strike on the day of Paris


style terror attack. And it was shortly after the terror attack.


That made junior doctors angry, questioning their professionalism


and sense of duty. They said, of course, they would come in and help


if that sort of thing happened during a strike, no one would be


denied treatment. What I think we'll Ryle people up is this sense of


Jeremy Hunt, our political figure, collaborating with an independent


Whitehall figure, who is part of the medical establishment that should be


neutral. The suggestion from the article is this letter was sexed up


to suggest that junior doctors, because they were on strike, would


not be able to cope or deal with potentially bothering coming in,


some have argued, if there was a Paris style terror attacks. Yes, and


offensive to doctors that if there was an emergency they would not


help, going against the ethos of their profession. Interesting that


he is supposed to be an independent figure, and the charge levelled


against Professor Sir Bruce Keogh tonight, but he has not disowned


what he has done, he has said, yes of course, representing NHS England,


having a duty of care against patients. Why should they not


consult about how to frame the issue of what is at stake if junior


doctors do go on strike? It is an interesting debate. I'm not sure


what side I come down on, I can see it from the junior doctors' point of


view, but this senior civil servant has to put patients first, and maybe


it is reasonable that he coordinated with the Health Secretary on this


matter. Let's go to the Times, Ken Livingstone, Labour slaps down him


for putting Nato status in doubt. A lot of toing and froing about the


status of Labour's defence policy on the shadow ventures as to whether or


not these should support the removal of Triton, supporting military


action in Syria, I'm no controversy over Nato status as well. It was a


sharp left controversy, because Khan Livingstone -- Ken Livingstone said


this at lunchtime, talking about the defence review he is helping to


cheer, and he said they would want to look at Nato, but he did not


think it was that big a deal, because the cold War is over now.


Something we would want to look at, Britain's membership of Nato, alarm


bells, silence, white incendiary words! I think those alarm bells did


go off in the Labour headquarters and it was a very short space of


time and a statement came out which said that the defence review was not


looking at Britain's membership of Nato, it has definitely been agreed


in the top levels of the party that this is not a subject up for debate.


But is there a lot of confusion on the part of some members of the


public as to where Labour stands defence wise? The leader is


committed pacifist, making that clear, but a member of the Stop the


War Coalition, you have him voting against air strikes in Syria, and


the Labour front bench team did vote for that, and he is not for the


removal of Trident and yet the message loud and clear following


what Ken Livingstone alluded to that they will maintain Britain's


membership of Nato. Welcome to new politics. Contradiction is the name


of the game. But they are struggling to get the policy. That is why Ken


Livingstone was put on this committee about renewing Trident,


and white Emily Thornberry is on it, because Jeremy Corbyn is trying to


shift the party in the direction he wants to go. He does not want a war


on two France, shutting down the Nato issue, and knows that getting


of Trident is enough of a challenge. -- two fronts. It is old politics,


he wants to help the party along. And to the Daily Telegraph, health


chiefs... Sorry, going over to David Cameron on the brink of an EU


benefit curve. He has been touring European capitals to drum up support


about Britain's status within the European Union. It looks like he has


been getting some good sounding? Yes, suggestions that within the EU


they are proposing this back door ghetto option for them on migrant


benefits, the major sticking point when it comes to him getting the


negotiation deals, he wants to ban migrants from getting benefits for


four years after first coming to the UK. The suggestion that he might,


that that might also apply to Britain's when turning 18 until 22,


that they might be given compensation for this in another


way, a sort of special deal given to them by the Chancellor and allowed


by the EU. Part of the deal, whatever he suggests, that could be


the case for new migrants and has to be part of the deal that Britons are


affected in the same way? Yes, and would be compensated in another way.


What is being suggested anyway. And floated in this piece this means it


could be done, the deal could be done quickly, maybe at the February


council. We have a story in The Guardian that negotiations are not


going as smoothly as he might have wanted, and it might slip into


March, affecting the timetable for the Hall EU referendum and make slip


further into the summer. What will his backbenchers think? I suspect


they will not be convinced. But some real ironies in this, the first is


young people have had it particularly hard over the past


eight years and this compromise will hit them again. There could be some


compensation for it but the principle is the will be


discriminated against to get this deal. The second irony is no


evidence that clamping down on migrant benefits will affect migrant


flows. The presumption this is what is drying them in with no evidence.


The people against the EU that think the real problem is people coming in


and we need this deal to stop them, that is not supported by the facts,


not achieving what everyone hopes it will. And if there is some slippage


in terms of getting the deal that means the referendum itself... No


date anyway but the consensus was it was beginning to form around June or


July but seems to be later in the year, maybe September? Yes, some of


their anti-EU campaigners have prepared for the referendum to be as


soon as 170 days, which puts it in June. If Cameron cannot get a deal


at the next EU summit, if it slips to March, it will take even longer


for all the preparations to be done. And certain limits under electoral


law that you have to have for the campaign. The summer holidays start,


I think in Scotland starting even earlier, so if it gets beyond the


point of March he will have to hold it in September. The political


problem will be some people around the in camp are worried the migrant


crisis could affect things. Finally, to Guardian. Do you like a tipple?


Some white wine? Note The Guardian is seeing cutting drinking 21 pen


per day is the best for men. -- cutting drinking to a pint a day.


According to guidelines, no alcohol is safe, the first guideline in 20


years, and none is safe and you should cut your limit from 21 units


to about 14. The ceiling has been brought down. Nanny state is the


accusation. Certainly the allegation from the Daily Telegraph. And the


Institute for Economic Affairs. I think they have a point. As long as


you drink modestly. But a hugely in the downward direction for the


recommended limits. Nanny state for me. Angry you might have to go down


to a pint a day to keep your liver in check? I could live with that.


Help chiefs attacked over nanny state guide, but incumbent upon any


society to protect citizens and offer advice that will keep them in


one piece? They have obviously got good evidence and research behind


this, but I think a lot of people will find it pretty alarming,


probably why it is on the front of so many papers. It will be


eye-catching, I'm just glad it came out after Christmas, when a lot of


people are doing the right January and May be some incentive to carry


on. -- dry January. Maybe that is why it came out this time of year.


Thank you both very much. More to come on BBC News, but now it is


Sportsday. Hello and welcome to Sportsday -


I'm Mike Bushell. The suspended Uefa


president, Michel Platini,


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