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games played in the current round of the FA Cup. And Wales and Scotland

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named their squads for the six Nations. All that coming up after

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burger-macro. -- after The Papers. Hello and welcome to our look ahead

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at what The Papers will be bringing us. With me are Henry Bonsu and Lord

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Digby Jones. Letters have a look at the front pages. We will start with

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the financial Times which leads with the Governor of the Bank of

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England's decision not to raise interest rates. Mark Carney's

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comments also on the front of the daily express. A judge has ruled

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that 13-month-old Poppi Worthington was sexually assaulted by her father

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just before she died. That story is also on the front of the Metro. The

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Guardian leads with claims that doctors in the NHS are the most

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stressed in the NHS. The Daily Mail leads with pensioners could be

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suffering a cup to their pension pots. The Times carries a warning

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from a leading vet that throwing sticks for docs could be bad for

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their health. Let us start with the FT because there is a story about

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the refugee burden in Europe. I spent a lot of my summer in Hungary

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on the border with Slovenia and the problem those countries had was if

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refugees came into their country, it will be their first port of call and

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that is where they will be returned to. As these are thus Matt Brussels

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is saying it is going to scrap that. The reason this wall will be changed

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or scrapped is because it has put an unfair burden on those front line

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states, like Greece and Italy. The policy fell apart because Germany

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decided not to return the hundreds of thousands of refugees who passed

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through those countries and ended up in Germany. I think the reason they

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did that is because Chancellor Merkel said we have a right and

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responsibility to do what we can for these people. She did an about turn

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when the refugee burden became unsustainable. However, the refugees

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have two get here first. They don't get here, they end up on the

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European mainland. They might get to the jungle, but they have to get

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across the Channel. I don't think this will end up putting a greater

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refugee burden on the UK. You are right. It is not going to change a

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massive amount. One of the problems has always been returning refugees.

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There is a figure here, 13,000... You are right. No country is allowed

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to send them back to Greece. The European Court of European rights

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that that Greece cannot cope and therefore you are not provide people

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with a life. This is more about, I use the term wishful thinking, it's

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more about what people would like to happen than what is happening on the

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ground. It is interesting the FT have run this because you can

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imagine if those facts were played out in certain other newspapers, it

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would be all about because you belong to the EU, this is going to

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happen on the streets of Blackburn, which actually, is not what this is

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about. It is about whether a reality, which is very few get

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repatriated, becomes the law. They are doing it far more neutrally. If

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there is a referendum in June and the Prime Minister can't so that

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they need to be returned to the country of first -- and the Prime

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Minister says they need to be returned to the country of entry,

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that rule will be removed. I've never understood the jungle in

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Calais. It's not the point of entry. They are in an advanced economy, so

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why are they try to get out? Britain has presented itself as the cradle

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of modern human rights. People also feel it is an open society. So why

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doesn't the French police send them back? The French will not do what

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they have been told to do, again. The Guardian is reporting on BGP

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strike. The second strike has been adverted -- has been averted, but

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the strike on the 10th of February could go ahead. I am old enough to

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remember when teachers first went on strike in the 1970s and immediately

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teachers mood and -- teachers moved away from being professional and

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suddenly they became another worker on strike. A lot of respect in

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society that teachers lost was because of that word strike. I don't

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think so, it's because we started to boost the power of children. Are you

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saying the decision to drop this second strike is about PR rather

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than the fact they have made progress? Do think they are worried

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about the implications of the strike? Junior doctors are sensible

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people and are thinking about how this will play in the public. Strike

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action only wins if you have public sympathy and they are worried they

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will lose public sympathy. Especially the third strike, which

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is set for the River Thames and there will be no cover for emergency

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cover. -- which is set for the 10th of February.

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This goes alongside a story that talks about the stress that doctors

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are under and they have been saying today they want recognition today

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for the hours and weekends they already work.

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GPs, because of their pay settlement, don't get much sympathy

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from most newspapers. But here they have, "Thousands of GPs plan to

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quit." Wear hear that GPs are overburdened, overstressed. These

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figures say 30% plan to quit in the next five years. They spend very

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little time with their patients. Most practices say they should spend

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no more tan ten minutes -- than ten minutes. We see in newspapers that

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people get... Poor diagnosis early on. Very powerful and incurable

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cancers because GPs miss it. One of the reasons, not the only reasons.

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They aren't referred in time. This isn't about money. It's about

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quality of life. I don't expect the Guardian to put up a headline, "NHS

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needs serious reform", but that's what this is saying. Creating a

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situation where GPs could earn more money, which is what Blair did,

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nothing wrong with that, but interestingly, I was in the

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supermarket with Pat on Saturday. Mrs Digby. Yes, playing the trolley

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pusher. The two of us were talking about the doctors strike while we

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were waiting. The lady behind the checkout actually said, this is

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Saturday morning, I wish I had the luxury of choosing whether I work on

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Saturdays or not. I suddenly thought to myself, do you know something,

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that's where a lot of the public are on this. They're not saying they

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don't sympathise with the cause, but they're saying, society has changed.

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People work on Saturdays. And therefore, why aren't you doctors or

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GPs. Maybe this hasn't been explained properly. It needs reform.

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The moment you say reform you hear people going, you mean privatised.

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There are loads ways to reform the NHS without privatisation. Let's

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move along quickly. I'm rattling through them. The Daily Mail,

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pension blow for 1. 5 million people. Largely according to the

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Mail, middle class earners. The Chancellor would want to give the

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impression that he's going after rich people's pensions. This word

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here... Stealth, punish are two words you don't want to see. They

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talk about a raid on middle-aged savers, people whose pension pot

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amounts to about 1 million to 1. 5 million. You don't have to be very

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wealthy, to have earned a huge amount to get a pension pot of a pot

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of a million. -- ?1 million. If you save over 40 years. That's going to

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be taxed. It's not taxed on the way in. But it will be on the way out.

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If it's true, but it's for higher rate taxpayers. Not sure why the I

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have twisted it that way. The Treasury have seen pensions as a

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leakage of tax gaps for years. I have to call time on you. But we're

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back next hour to look more at the papers. Thank you to Henry and Lord

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Digby Jones. They're both back at 11. 30pm for another look at the

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stories. Before that, we have the sports. Stay with us.

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