07/01/2016 The Papers


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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers


With me are Rowena Mason, the political correspondent at the


Guardian, and Ben Chu, the economics editor at the Independent.


The FT leads on the turmoil in global financial markets.


The Metro reports on the killing of the actress Sian Blake


The Express focuses on house prices and the threat


The Independent says Whitehall officials signed off a controversial


letter by the NHS's top independent medic, questioning whether striking


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


The Telegraph says health chiefs have been criticised


for producing nanny state alcohol guidelines that warn people against


The Guardian leads with that new advice.


The Times leads on the Syrian town besieged by President Assad's


forces, where 40,000 people are in danger of starving to death.


And the Mail says an organisation that backed


Jihadi John is now targeting young Muslims at their universities.


The Financial Times. Is China sneezing and we are about to catch a


cold? That is the worry because China has clearly had another


terrible day with its markets falling and having to freeze its


stock markets for the second time in a very short period and concerns


have been expressed today by George Osborne that there is this dangerous


cocktail of potential risks. The prospect of a global slowdown that


could affect us over here. The British economy has been doing OK by


several measures. Record job figures... The Chancellor says all


of this is in jeopardy now and that it might not necessarily be his


fault. It tends to do this when there are doubts about the strength


of the global economy. He will say that the UK for all the progress we


have made is not immune from global headwind. He did that during the


Greek crisis last year. I think it is essentially an insurance policy.


It is not that he expects things to fall apart but if they do, it will


be able to say that he specifically warned about these dangers and no


one can accuse him of being complacent. That is what he has done


today in Cardiff. In terms of the economics of it, it is all down to


the Chinese stock market falling and the domino effect. That is ironic


because there is no real correlation between the Chinese stock market and


the Chinese economy, which is the second biggest economy in the


world. If that stutters, that really will affect us. But it is not clear


there is any link between the Chinese stock market and the Chinese


economy. Is it that their economy is in turmoil or is having problems


because there is not enough growth in the economy? What is the issue if


it is not the market? China is a big source of global demand for


commodities but increasingly services and everything else.


Because we are an increasingly globalised economy, if the world's


second-biggest economy slows down, not even goes into recession, just


to slows down, that can have big effects. That is what people are


reading into the stock market frenzy. They think there is


something more serious happening in China. As a political correspondent,


the state of the British economy and the stewardship of it by George


Osborne, that very much determines whether he will be running the party


when David Cameron steps down. That is right. He will be in with a much


better shot if people see him as a safe pair of hands, particularly in


a time of economic turmoil, so it suits him to be able to point to


external events such as this potential slowdown in China as the


cause of any potential problems in the UK. If you look at what Labour


is saying, John McDonnell turned the Chancellor's metaphor on its head,


saying that if there is a dangerous economic cocktail, it is George


Osborne himself who has been mixing it. He says it is the level had


consumer debt and overseas borrowing and things like that that will cause


possible problems of the UK. -- the level of consumer debt. Whitehall


officials sexing up the case against junior doctors. We know that they


will be going on strike next Tuesday and this feeds into the acrimony


between the two sides in this dispute. Yes. A very senior figure


in NHS England wrote quite an incendiary open letter directed at


the junior doctors in November, saying that if there was another


Paris style attack and you were on strike, can we have any guarantees


you would be able to get back insufficiently QuickTime to help


those who were injured? The junior doctors took great umbrage at this,


saying that this was undermining their credibility as doctors. And


they always suspected Jeremy Hunt had something to do with this. They


seem to have found the evidence that he did have something to do with


this, that this was a co-ordinated piece of propaganda, if you like, on


the Health Secretary to undermine the image of the doctors and prevent


them from going on strike. This is a fantastic story and it really


emphasises what a massive public relations battle the whole thing


is. They both want the public with them. Sir Bruce Keogh, who is


supposed to be independent, one might assume that he would have from


time to time consultations with the Secretary of State as well as the


BMA. That is true. He is a member of the medical establishment, so he


does have an interest in trying to prevent the strike from going ahead,


but some of the language being used in these exchanges... One official


said that the risk of a major incident should be pressed quite


strongly in the media wants the strikers announced their intention


and Sir Bruce Keogh should be as hard edged as he could be on that.


It seems that they were egging him on. To sex it up. One could say


that. Alcohol guide. Health chiefs attacked over nanny state alcohol


guides. And quite tough as well, these new suggestions on the part of


the authorities on how much alcohol we should be consuming. I don't


often find myself agreeing with libertarian think-tanks, and when I


saw their name mentioned in this article... But we are talking about


booze! LAUGHTER. On this one, they do have a point. The recommended


weekly allowance of alcohol is down from 20 minutes to 14 units, which


works out to about a pint a day. -- 20 units. But the evidence does not


seem particularly strong. It does seem that the medical establishment


has taken it upon itself to decide that the level of safe risk is lower


than many people are consuming. That is fair enough if this were not


sanctified as being official advice. If people could make it


their own mind, that would be fine, but the scientific evidence of risk


does not necessarily back this up. Yes, but it is incumbent on any


society to protect its citizens and if the authorities feel that


drinking a pint a day... It is obviously a strongly held view.


There have been many warnings in recent years some experts on alcohol


that everybody is drinking too much and there has been a lot of pressure


on the government to bring in minimal alcohol pricing. --


minimum. There is no getting away from the fact that we do have a


large health problem with alcohol in our society. We might not like it,


but they are telling us that is what is best for us. Is there a


psychological thing going on? They say that scientifically maybe two


points of the cable will tell everyone is on point because we know


they will want to have 2 bytes. -- ten pints will be OK but we will


tell everyone that one pint is the... -- two types. You have got to


treat people like adults and say that these are the scientific risks


that we know about. Be informed but take the decision yourself. The


Guardian. Clinton and Tony Blair's special relationship. Transcripts of


conversations they had when they were both in power have been


released. This is fascinating. I would advise anyone to go and read


the complete transcripts of these conversations. This article is full


of eliminating snippets of conversation, including the death of


Princess Diana. -- illuminating. They are calling each other body --


bud and mate. You sometimes wonder how they found the time for all of


this medicine in Smalltalk, but it is really interesting. And at the


same time, -- all of this small talk but it is really interesting. He was


certainly comfortable with whoever was in the White House. Remember


that famous advice he gave to the Washington ambassador? To get up the


cars of the White House and stay there. -- to get up the INAUDIBLE.


I'm sorry? ! I'm not sure there is anything that is particularly


surprising here. What isn't it surprising is the prescience of Bill


Clinton talking about stateless terrorists. This was back in 1997.


He was spot on about that being an evolving threat. And he talked about


his concerns for the children of Princess Diana at the time, that


they would have a tough time in life. Yes. There is a conversation


that happened just after the death of Princess Diana in which Tony


Blair was calling her a rock of stability in the sense that she


connected with the outside world. Talking about how William is quite


like her. Clinton replies by saying that he feels so bad for her. He


says she was just getting hold of her life... The Mirror. The ?2.7


billion pension cash grab. Experts warn that poverty may follow. I did


see quite a few Lamborghinis... Apparently lots of pensioners are


cashing in pensions. Is a sense, this is what the Chancellor wanted


to happen when he unveiled his organisation policy. He wanted --


liberalisation policy. He wanted people to take control of their


money. There were concerns at the time that everyone would spend


irresponsibly and would have to fall back on state support in later


years. These figures out today suggest that many people did draw


money down and that a minority bought annuities with them. I'm not


clear what people will do with the money they have drawn down. They may


invest it. It is not quite a clear slam dunk, saying that people have


gone crazy and behaved irresponsibly, but I do think that


the most important statistic to come out of this is that only 20% of


people consulted the government advised that this about what to do.


That is the same to watch. -- the thing to watch. And talking about


pensioners, although not you specifically, the Daily Mail. Still


sprightly at 183. The oldest creature on earth. This is Jonathan


the tortoise. He has recently been living a healthy, low alcohol


lifestyle. And he has a new lease of life after being put on a more


nutritious diet of apples, carrots, cucumbers and guava. I just wonder


if he has drawn down his pension yet. Yellow Lamborghini in the back


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