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


With me are Dan Bilefsky from the New York Times, and Tim Montgomerie,


The world mourns a pop icon - the International New York Times


"The Stars Look Very Different Today," the Metro quotes


"Ashes to ashes," is the Bowie quote chosen by tomorrow's i, illustrated


Another intriguing image of the Thin White Duke leads the Guardian, which


like many of tomorrow's papers devotes its front page to him.


As well as joining the tributes to David


Bowie, the Express cover offers hope for sufferers of back pain -


The Telegraph leads with the story that junior doctors could


be called off the picket line during tomorrow's strike


In the Times, a call from David Cameron


for every child to have a so-called tiger mum to push them to succeed.


And the Daily Mail leads on the resignation of the Environment


Agency boss, Sir Philip Dilley, amid anger over this winter's floods.


So, let's just hone in and of course we must start with David Bowie. Tim,


the Guardian with this beautiful front-page spread with words like,


audacious life. This is one of the most captivating and intriguing


pictures. There is no make up. This is the real man. No other papers,


not many other broadcast, have had this particular picture. This is a


rockstar, an actor, an innovator, cultural innovator, who has been


with us for 60 years. You know, three or four or five decades when


he has been centrestage. People comparing him to Frank Sinatra,


Elvis Presley, his stature. Of course, he reinvented himself so


many times in different ways with different genre is. I think this


picture in fights us, asking, who was the man behind this


extraordinary cultural innovation? -- genres. Is a blank canvas,


essentially. -- the blank canvas. It reminds me of Madonna, even Lady


Gaga, before them, he was bending gender, fusing art and music, rock


'n' roll, fashion, in a way that seems obvious today, but would not


exist without David Bowie. You have a sense of that androgynous Ziggy


Stardust -like persona. What we've heard today from ordinary fans,


let's move on to the Mirror, with the image many think of, the daring


to be different, the ability to say, I don't mind what people think, this


is who I am or a character I want to play. And people being able to


empathise and think, oh, great, I can be am and I don't have to be


ashamed. Absolutely, and the 1970s was the decade when he was most


culturally impactful, certainly in the UK and write to your point on


Top of the Pops, he was inviting people to be themselves -- right. I


think that he gave people a lot of confidence in that respect. He was


himself. He fashioned himself almost from a space. Millions from around


the world, whether you are in New York, London or Hong Kong, he made


it seem OK to be different. That was hugely empowering to many people.


That is why today people feel his death with such a visceral grief, he


touched people in a very visceral way. It was the affirmation that you


can be yourself. He transcended politics, culture, language. One of


my favourite stories of his life is something we feature in the Times


tomorrow, which was that he lived in Berlin for a period when he was


recovering from drug problems, that was there where he wrote Heroes,


from the west of the Berlin Wall when the country was divided, and he


could hear those from east Berlin singing his lyrics, and I think that


was a very moving moment for him. He was at live aid. For many that was


one of the defining it -- episodes of our time. He has been an


important part of the cultural punctuation of recent decades --


Live Aid. Damn, if we move onto the Times, they haven't got a picture,


but fragile David Bowie swore friends to secrecy -- Dan. This gets


to the heart of why people are so shocked today. His death came as a


shock because it was very private. There isn't a beach on the front


page but there is a special wraparound cover, so the Times


hasn't neglected the great man. No, but in the age of Twitter, when


everything is linked, when people are so open about things, in this


confessional age, it is remarkable that it was kept under wraps. Even


good friend of his and collaborators were surprised by his death and


shocked by it. He had been e-mailing with his friend even until last


week. The fact that he could maintain that secrecy, that his


friend had such loyalty, is testament to his character and the


bombs he had with his friends. Team, people taking comfort in the


fact that he has controlled his passing in some way -- Tim. And


written his own obituary in the form of his last album, Blackstar. It


came out on Friday, his birthday. I think the residents of some of the


tracks on that seven track album are so much more potent now that we know


that he must have known that he was just on the eve of his death. I


think people will listen to those lyrics again today, who perhaps


heard them for the first time on Friday, but with new remorse and


insight today. Just a final thought. Presumably, this is a


massive story for us in the UK, art, Dan, the same extent in the State?


He is a global icon. People were gathering outside his house in


central Park this morning. He is a global icon who belongs to Britain,


the son of Brixton, but a global star -- States. He resonated with so


many people. He was an adopted New Yorker. The great thing about him


was he justified his characterisation, and everyone


across political boundaries, are crossed urography, religion, loved


him, whether you are Madonna or the Archbishop of Canterbury --


geography. Some wonderful tributes coming out. Let's turn our attention


to the Daily Mail. They have that wonderful mural there in London,


where people have been laying their floral tributes in Brixton. But


their main story down the bottom, Tim, the chief of floods quits in


shame. This is the case of Sir Philip Dilley who has been under a


lot of pressure. Lots of families, especially in the north of England,


or having their Christmas ruined, their houses racked, lots of people


unable to ensure their homes because houses that have been hit by floods


before, they cannot afford cover. And then there is the head of the


Floods Agency on ?100,000 per year, saying he was on holiday with


family, of course, we learnt that he was not just at any home but that he


was in Barbados. If you are in the public eye, if you are willing to


take that kind of money from the public purse and you are not able to


understand that you cannot be so remote during a moment of crisis,


then you are not probably fit for the job. And he has fallen on his


sword today, probably inevitably. Some make the point that, perhaps,


Dan, has he fallen on his sword because it is politically expedient


to go because it takes the heat of the politicians? Pot of money that


is needed just isn't there. He has taken the easy way out by parting.


As Tim said, he needed to be there in his wellingtons on the scene. It


reminds me of George W bush as president. During Hurricane Katrina,


he was nowhere to be found. He arrived quite late on the scene. It


is just unacceptable given the human suffering and the scale of the


suffering. Partly, of course, politicians and officials cannot


win. If they are there to early they are interfering with the rescue and


cleanup. If they are there too late they are accused of not caring. This


was a clear case when he needed to do more. It is worth suggesting that


this won't be the end of the debate. It has become very painful


politically with a lot of suggestions that - where is the


money that should be put into flood defences and so one? And it


resonates with the debate about climate change. -- so on? People on


the left think David Cameron and the Tory government isn't doing enough


to tackle climate change at its roots. Yes, the immediate issue of


spending on flood defences. Jeremy Corbyn tried to raise in the House


of Commons last week some of the projects that hadn't gone ahead that


he thinks should have. David Cameron will come back and say, well, we


could only afford flood defences because we have a sound economy.


Would you be able to do that, Jeremy Colburn? Climate change, economy,


public spending, austerity, the flood issue and the protection


against flooding will become a big political issue. Let's stay with


public spending and austerity, all of these issues, also taking a --


asked into this story about junior doctors and the strike on the new


contract. The suggestion is an interesting angle that they might be


called off the picket line. That the idea is because the medical


hospitals will be stretched and people are at risk. What is striking


is health officials are warning the public to avoid falling ill today,


urging people to look up symptoms online or go to your pharmacy. It


kind of smacks of... In a country famed for its health-care system,


however tricky it might be, people are basically being told, please,


don't get sick, it could be inconvenient. Remember to take your


buy-to-let or a. Have a good breakfast. -- to take your vitamin C


at rapid assault in cotton wool. Cash vitamin C. Wrap yourself in


cotton wool. The BMA union is very cross. That you can strike and then


be told off, that you cannot strike and you have to be inside. The


doctors, the medical profession, they do have a right to strike.


There is a clash of rights and duties here. I think the public will


have reasonable sympathy with the first two of the three strikes that


the doctors are planning. Doctors are very well respected in society.


And the first two days of action cover nonemergency treatment. That


will be a lot of inconvenience for a lot of people. But the third day is


about actually withdrawing emergency cover. I was really surprised and


quite shocked when I heard that doctors were considering doing that.


I think as much as they are respected in society, not providing


emergency cover, I think possibly... (CROSSTALK). It seemed


absolutely nuts. I would be surprised if this last more than two


hours. If you need to see a doctor, people have the right to strike and


ask for their demands, but surely doctors have a higher Hippocratic


duty. It is not the same as a highway driver. Doctors have a


strong hand to play and they are respected but I think they are


overplaying their hand. Talks are still ongoing. In the meantime,


let's turn the attention to the FT. Toyota will stay even if Britain


votes to leave the EU, Dan. This is an important story in which Toyota


says it will stay in Britain even if the country votes to leave the EU.


Toyota, the big iconic company is saying it will stay in Europe. So,


it is a blow for David Cameron, you know, supporting to stay in the EU.


At the same time, it is surprising in some sense, since so many global


car companies operate in the eurozone. In fact, Toyota is willing


to in and deal with the hedging costs of a financial cost on that


occasion, it which is quite surprising to me. This is a very


good story for those of us who would like Britain to leave the EU. Lots


of people want to leave the EU because they think we can control


our borders. People are worried about immigration. Lots of people


want to leave the EU because we spend ?20 billion on Allen and the


ship of the EU. That is money we could get back if we left the EU --


our membership. People worry that could be some economic risk, that


companies like Toyota won't invest in Britain. If Toyota says it won't


affect investment, your jobs or OK, this is a good news story. Except


the vast majority of companies, including most automobile companies,


say they would like Britain to remain in the EU. That is true. If


they say that they would prefer you to stay in but we are still


committed to the UK, that is a good news story for those supporting


Britain becoming an independent nation again. A nation like the US.


For these to start fighting, let's finish with the Times. -- before


these to start fighting. All children should have tiger mum is


according to the Prime Minister -- two. Do you think it is a good


thing? Remind people what a tiger mum is. It was a huge story in the


US. It was based on a book, a law professor, who argue that people


with children should be high to ambitious and focused on work and


that this was the recipe for having successful kids. There is another


argument that if you put too much pressure on your children you have


kids on the edge of a nervous breakdown or they are emotionally


unhappy. I am not sure, with this bad weather and austerity problems


in this country, do you need a nation of tiger mum is all people


who become completely despondent? Well, you know, you want parents and


mums who push their children to be the best that they can be but you


also want homes where children always feel love regardless of their


achievement in life. Some children are not going to be good


academically or good at sport. And there are some people who worry that


too much pressure from parents can be dangerous for children's


upbringing. So, this is part of a wider push by David Cameron to


position the Conservative Party as interested in issues other than


economics. But this is... (CROSSTALK). By creating a nation of


stressed out kids?! That is the problem. It is a bit of a mixed


message. That is a good point on which to end. Dan and Tim, thank you


both for being with us this evening. Thank you,


Tim Montgomerie and Dan Bilefsky. Coming up next,


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