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Papers. Hello and welcome to


our look ahead to what the papers With me are the broadcaster


Henry Bonsu and former Labour Trade Tomorrow's front pages,


starting with... The Financial Times leads with


the Governor of the Bank of England's decision not to raise


interest rates. Mark Carney's comments also make


the front page of the Express. 13-month-old Poppi Worthington


is pictured on the Telegraph. A judge has ruled she was


sexually assaulted by her father The questions surrounding


Poppi Worthington's death are also The Guardian quotes new research,


which suggests the NHS has the most stressed doctors


in the Western world. The Daily Mail claims up to 1.5


million workers could be facing A Treasury plan to target


higher rate tax payer's pensions And the Times carries a warning


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


for their health. Who would have guessed? We'll start


with the Times. This is their own investigation. A millionaire in


Middlesbrough who is paid by G4 S to house asylum-seekers? This story has


a very inflammatory headline. It gives you the impression that


neo-Nazis are running around Middlesbrough, throwing red paint on


houses they know belong to asylum-seekers. Actually does much


more sobering. This guy is a multimillionaire, according to the


paper, and his company is a property company which is a contractor for G4


S and they hold the contractor for the Home Office asylum system in the


north-east of England and the Times has done an investigation and found


that 168 of the houses belonging to this man in two of Middlesbrough's


poorest districts have red front doors. People have cottoned onto


this. They have been throwing things and the question is whether or not


it is a conspiracy or whether it is equal incidence. We don't know the


motivation behind it. Is a policy? If so, whose policy? I would guess


that they should be looking a little more closely into where they house


asylum-seekers if this has already been raised in Middlesbrough, which


it seems it has. You need to make sure for your contractual


obligations that these people are housed safely. This company doesn't


-- goes and finds the housing. I think our country has done what we


are proud to do at times like this switches find homes for people that


are stateless did fear of their lives -- which is. If what you are


saying is that you have 168 of these houses and they all have red doors


and none of the other houses in the area do, statistically, you have to


use the control, haven't you? We haven't spoken to them so we don't


know. If it comes out that this man was painting red paint on these


houses to indicate that asylum-seekers were living there,


that is not only disgraceful, but the contractor should be put to


account. But as far as I know, he has 500 houses and paints all of


them red. The Immigration Minister says he is deeply concerned by this


issue and has commissioned Home Office officials to conduct an


urgent audit of the asylum seeker housing in the Northeast. He says he


expects the highest standards from his contractors and if they find


evidence of discrimination it will be dealt with immediately. I will


tell you something else, as Henry rightly pointed out, this article


says, following the identification of that house having an asylum


seeker, they're getting all kinds of other things come other vandalism.


That has nothing to do with whether this man is painting a red door but


it has to do with disgusting behaviour for people who should not


be on our streets. It has been a long-held policy and some of the


poorest areas of our country of housing asylum-seekers in the


poorest areas. They attract attention because they look


different and because people think that they're getting BMWs and mobile


phones and they're getting no such thing. They are in poor housing in


their desperate. Moving on to the Financial Times -- and they are.


This idea that the first country you arrive in at the edge of the


Schengen zone is where you should claim asylum? That has always been


the case and now Brussels is saying they're going to change it, because


if you are a country of eventual destination, and you have gone


through Greece and Italy into sweetened, Germany or Britain, that


country cannot say they're sending you back -- Sweden. Is not been able


to do it increase since 2011 -- they have not been able to you can pass


that law --. You can pass that law but this is probably a statement of


what is happening. This is not in use review programme but it is a


paper review programme. Hold the line. He thinks he is the editor of


this programme. The Financial Times has done it as a factual analysis.


The same story in the Sun. We are stuffed. I would submit to you that


the referendum is in dire danger of becoming a referendum on something


else entirely. I am passionate about reforming the European Union.


Whatever David Cameron comes back with is not what people will want to


vote on. We're going to be voting on and long-held prejudices. It is a


worry because the immigration issue is the proper and genuine issue for


a referendum but it is the analysis, which I would submit that


ashes about on which we can form our own view, as opposed to this --


analysis. That is a good point. But it is semantics. Very few are


returned anyway and very few go back to their first country of entry.


What it deprives the Prime Minister of is the ability to say that they


can be sent back to where they came in. That is a problem when you are


trying to sell Europe. It is a problem because we hear from other


papers tomorrow that he wants to get this referendum mailed by June of


this year. If Donald Tusk gets his way, this ruling will change in the


next 2-3 months and that will make very difficult headlines for David


Cameron in the summer. It is not just the Sun saying this, the IMF is


also saying that Europe is struggling. Help me with this. So,


you haven't asylum-seekers, a genuine one or it could be an


economic migrant, but they come through Greece and make their way to


Calais. And the British police say go back? There is not a lot they can


do. Perin a developed economy, so why do they still want to get to


Britain? You could say Britain is an -- is a victim of their own success.


Are using the French don't respect human rights -- argue. I think


Britain is better and so today. Bringing you back to the papers.


Guardian. The governor of the Bank of England. He has said there will


be no rise in rates. In his view. Isn't it his ultimate decision? It


isn't. He is only one vote although we have considerable influence. I


would like people to understand that there are different economic views


from all parts of society. There are a group of people who make this


decision and yes the Governor is a very influential part of it, but he


has only one vote. The Financial Times says he is quite bullish about


it. He's incredibly good. He was the George Clooney of banking but he has


not been getting very good press since he was brought here from


Canada. People have said he is getting it wrong more often than he


is getting it right. Was giving us this long view, forecasting us to


make the decisions about houses and so forth. Let me ask you one


question. We've had the statement from the Chancellor and from Mark


Carney, do you share this pessimism as the former boss of the CBI? Not


only that, the current boss will be saying, what does that have to do


with anything? What I do get quite a few businesses in different sectors


-- but I do chair quite a few businesses in different sectors. And


I can tell you now, there is no issue in the economy at any level,


in any sector, on activity. There is an issue on profitability and


margins. Some of this is because of exchange rate issues with our export


markets. Some of it is because of a lack of skilled labour. One of the


reasons George Osborne quite rightly said the other day, this is another


year and we will keep at it, it is because they want to set this


economy up with strong foundations. Maybe he is preparing the ground for


the slowdown to impact us adversely and getting ready to blame the


international global financial system. When Labour said it, it was


about them not fixing everything and it had nothing to do with the global


economy. Let's focus on the papers. Not all of us are running


businesses. The Daily Mirror points to the plus in this story which is


another year of cheap mortgages. Businesspeople would say thank


heavens and so will housing builders. But the people who should


say thank you the most are those with mortgages. That means that


everybody who is saving money and have got money in the bank paying


interest on their savings, they won't be very happy. Pensioners


won't be happy either. Particularly those who have pension pots over ?1


million. That's right. We used to talk about Gordon Brown in terms of


this thief rating people's pensions. Did you call him a thief?


You didn't! Henry! Any -- anyway come at this is to punish those


whose pension is over a million. Is that a lot? If you have been saving


since you were 21 and you are hitting 65 or so... I understand


that there are many people saying they will never have that pension,


but it isn't a great deal when you saved it over a million years. You


are saying middle income earners could accumulate that? Very easily.


He's not going like headlines like this. That is usually the Tory


accusation, that it is Labour. Take the politics out of this. It is the


Daily Mail! You get tax relief on your pension. When you take it out,


you pay tax on the monthly money but you get a tax-free on the first


25%, which is the lump sum you can take out. There is something in


equitable in that from a taxation point of view. The argument, when


you are looking at how you can raise taxes at a time like this, I


understand that the argument that you should enjoy tax freedom on the


way out isn't just wrong one. What if they said you were going to get


your whole pension pot taxed? It would be disgraceful. That has


nothing to do with income. You really bet on the weigh-in and you


paid on the way out -- relieve it. Is money in and money out suffers


from taxation, I see the logic. Getting back to the Daily Mail,


there is talk of this levy, and also we are talking about a penalty


charge of about 55% although it doesn't say exactly what part of


your pension is going to face this. Has been there for many years. --


that has. Gordon Brown did that. George Osborne has brought it down


again. That has happened for many years. Did you bring it in? No. We


are out of time. I am going to call it before there is a knockout


punch. Coming up next it's time


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