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Sportsday in 15 minutes, after The Papers.


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


With me are Tims Collins, Former Tory MP and Managing Director


of Bell Pottinger Public Affairs, and Paul Johnson,


'Diamond Wheezers', is the Sun's take on the Hatton Garden heist and


claims an ex-girlfriend handed them over to police after being jilted.


The Mirror also goes with that story and says the hunt is on


for ?10 million worth of valuables that are still missing.


The Mail claims it's a ?20 million fortune that's missing,


along with 'Mr Big', who is still on the run.


Their picture is of the late Alan Rickman, whose death was announced


The Independent says, "Coe declared fit to clean up


athletics", but the paper asks, "Was he part of the problem?"


The Express leads with pensions and says that in the next 15 years


three quarters of those reaching retirement age


The Telegraph goes with the same Work and Pensions data,


but this time focuses on those who will be worse off.


The i devotes its front page to news that ten Labour MPs could lose their


The Guardian claims that a worldwide split in the Anglican


We will start with the coverage of the Hatton Garden heist, which took


place audaciously, as it was described, last Easter. They picked


a long bank holiday weekend. The language around this is gangster


territory. If you look at the front pages you could be forgiven for


thinking the UK has lost turns the clock back 20 years. It features a


Mr Big, a jilted mole, cast that includes the big man, Billy the


Fish. Extraordinary. Seven found guilty. The average age is 63. The


oldest 76, who arrived on the scene of the heist, as we now call it. But


we would be mistaken to think this was a group of cuddly, old grandads.


The Daily Mirror has another picture. Hatton Garden secrets.


There's a of money missing. There is a lot of money missing. I think the


Mirror slightly missed one angle. Normally you would expect they would


try to have a go at the government. But this bit might have missed. In


the Mirror, ?10 million has gone missing. According to the Mirror,


police said, we offer a ?20,000 reward to find the goods. That is


austerity Britain for you. It is really just another story about


pensions. Plus, where is Basil? The ghost? I love that report we did


today where Daniel actually squeezed through the concrete that they


drilled through. It made me feel ill, because I am a little bit cost


to pick. But they were very determined. -- claustrophobic. If we


didn't have somebody else pushing from the other end he would still be


there. On the one hand it is extraordinary ingenuity. And in a


public place in the pub bragging about it. The Daily Express and the


Telegraph is where we will go next. Date are telling us different things


depending on what you look at. -- data. The Express says millions get


pension boost, at the Telegraph says that many will miss out on that.


They are both right as it depends on when you retire. If you're under the


age of 43 you will probably worse off. These are part of the changes


new to the system and really goes to the heart of the politics of this,


the fact that people over the age of 43 vote in much greater numbers than


those under the age of 43 and this is what


The system will be designed by people who are elected to look after


the people who will vote. Is that really how it is bought through? I


don't know. It is an interesting story. The Express says low-paid


women in particular will benefit from this. ?36 week. You would have


to be pickup elation about how much that means to you by the time you


get to 2030. I suppose compared to what they are currently getting it


looks decent. There are lots of different systems, depending on


whether you opted out of the state owning system. Essentially everybody


will retire on the same flat rate pension, which is obviously better


for many people who haven't been able to build up a contribution


record, but worse for those, especially younger people, who have


a chance to put more into the system but now won't be rewarded for doing


so. Jeremy Corbyn critics fear bloodbath. Ten Labour MPs facing a


fight to keep their seats. There was a boundary commission. There have


been many before. But the Tories certainly perked up at this one. In


order to reduce the number of seats down to 600, it looks like 35 of


those would be Labour held seats. That would have a significant effect


on the electoral mathematics. It is no wonder that the Conservative


rebalancing, this is what it calls rebalancing, this is what it calls


it. Then in some cities you would get three Labour held seats moving


to two. Consequently some are at risk of their seats. But none of


this has started yet. The word bloodbath strikes me as being a bit


hyperventilating. Three well-known MPs might be at risk. The point is


that what Jeremy Corbyn says is that he is not in favour of what is


called mandatory reselection. In other words, if you are standing as


a Labour MP for the same constituency he says you shouldn't


automatically face reselection from the local party. But if your


constituency is disappearing and you are having to compete with the


neighbouring Labour MP and you are paying musical chairs then there is


absolutely no guarantees and there are many people on the moderate Tony


Blair or soft Labour MP side that might get pushed out of it. Church


of VoIP is split over gay rights but liberals pay price, says the


Guardian. -- church avoids split. It has been on the cards for a while.


Different parts of the Anglican community and the world are feeling


differently about gay marriage. We often forget that the Church of


England is a global entity. It is an organisation that has got followers


in many parts of the world. What essentially has happened is that


North America, like much of Europe, has become very socially liberal,


but Africa is anything but. So many of the African Church of England


bishops not only are opposed to the idea of endorsing gay marriage, they


actually want all gay people to be made criminals and are lobbying the


government for that, which is an extraordinary illustration. But what


has happened is the Archbishop has sided with the Africans on the basis


that as we all know in all sorts of respect Africa is growing and it is


a big challenge for all of us in the 21st century that the new emerging


powers are much less socially liberal than Europe and North


America. Your paper says the split has been averted, but is that


for now? I think so. This has been going on for 20 years and has been


at the heart of so much bloodletting in the Anglican Church, 85 million


people around the world. It has been going on for 20 years and I think


the Archbishop of Canterbury believes the church is too obsessed


about this and should be more interested in global issues, like


religious violence, religious intolerance, climate change, et


cetera. He is trying to move things on. Whether this works I think is


highly doubtful. You've got some of the Africans denied saying,


Kenyans in particular, saying this is the beginning, not the end.


Somebody else is quoted as saying this is extremely fragile, so we may


not even get to the end of the week on this. Back to the Telegraph. The


story on the front page. It says 1 million Syrians facing starvation


because of dozens of seizures across the country. -- seiges. The town of


them are dire was desperately waiting for aid. -- town of Madaya.


This has been played out in several different places. Yes, and it is


slightly episodic. Madaya rose to the surface after very harrowing


photographs, people in a very poor state. But the overall picture is


absolutely appalling and harrowing. What we have is at least 400,000


people dead in the Syrian civil war, which five years of civil war is


marked in March. You've got 9 million people who fled their


lives... Fled for their lives, fled their homes. The equivalent of the


entire population of London on the run. This is something the world has


not seen for a long time. The story also reports, this study was done by


an organisation called Seige Watch, it has been widely reported that


this besieged towns have been blocked in by both sides. Some have


been encircled by troops loyal to Assad. Only two by IS. This is


another indication by the Prime Minister says it is very difficult


to see how they will be a future for Syria with Assad still in charge.


The Times. This is Phillip Coleman quitting this festival in protest


over of unpaid authors. He is speaking because he says that it is


at odds with one of his other roles, to stand up for rights of authors.


This is a really interesting story. It turns out he is president of the


group, that gives him some status in this. Literary festivals are really


booming in Britain. The average pay is up to ?200. He says many authors


don't get paid, but you pay the electricians, the people who put the


brochures together, but printers, the people who erected the tents. He


says, why not the authors? He says well-known authors don't need the


publicity or the money, and the ones who are poorer aren't making a great


living at all out of writing books. So they should be paid in the sense


of fairness. He says, I've had enough of this, I'm out. But some


festivals would really struggle if all authors had to be paid. They


would. I know some authors who are incredibly poor, they literally find


it very difficult to get money together, sometimes to find a meal.


It is not as though large numbers of these people are well-paid. The


problem is, this is clearly an organisation where festivals... Are


you going to say that actors need to be paid for promotions as well? What


we are talking about actors, we are talking about this more festivals.


It looks like the intervene and say that any festivals


we support will be paid. At authors might not be grateful if this means


festivals invite fewer authors. Creative people feel they are


encouraged to work for profile. Let's have a look at the Mail.


Finally. A picture on the front page of Alan Rickman with JK Rowling. Of


course he played Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films. Brought to


the attention of the younger generation. King of the baddies. He


was by all accounts of wonderful human being. Some people have


commented on how much he was beloved by other cast members. He was a


brilliant billion, but he was more than that. -- villain. Remember that


fantastic film Truly, Madly Deeply? He was an enormously talented actor


and it is such a shock that he has now gone. He was said to an


interviewer, I don't play villains, IP interesting people. One critic


described him as saying he had a face that was a cross between an


eagle and a big cat. His voice appeared between the somewhat


lips, like a ventriloquist. And I read he had a wicked sense of humour


and he likes to play pranks on his fellow actors and the crew when


onset. Quite a wicked sense of humour. I saw a clip of him on the


Jimmy Fallon show. He spoke in the interview after he had inhaled some


helium. It has been remarkable. The story broke at about 12:30pm and


since then we have had about 500,000 viewers -- 5 million. But more


traffic from America. Very interesting. Lovely to see you.


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