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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


when the refugee burden became unsustainable. However, the refugees


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


about the implications of the strike? Junior doctors are sensible


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


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


will lose public sympathy. Especially the third strike, which


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


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


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


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


for the hours and weekends they already work.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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