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Bolton. In Rugby Union Wales and Scotland in their squads for the Six

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Nations. We will hear from the coaches on Sportsday after the

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Papers. Hello and welcome to

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

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

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starting with... The Financial Times leads with

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

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interest rates. Mark Carney's comments also make

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

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

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sexually assaulted by her father The questions surrounding

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

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which suggests the NHS has the most stressed doctors

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

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million workers could be facing A Treasury plan to target

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

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

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

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

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

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a very inflammatory headline. It gives you the impression that

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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poorest districts have red front doors. People have cottoned onto

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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houses to indicate that asylum-seekers were living there,

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

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

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

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issue and has commissioned Home Office officials to conduct an

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

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expects the highest standards from his contractors and if they find

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

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

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says, following the identification of that house having an asylum

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

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

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

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

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

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poorest areas. They attract attention because they look

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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would like people to understand that there are different economic views

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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another year of cheap mortgages. Businesspeople would say thank

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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punch. Coming up next it's time

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for Sportsday.

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