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Hello, and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be


With me are Pippa Crerar - the political correspondent


from the London Evening Standard - and the broadcaster John Stapleton.


Many of the front pages are already in.


The Independent's main story is the possible discovery


of a new planet, ten times the size of Earth,


The Financial Times says the falling FTSE means we're on the brink


The Telegraph reports on a ruling that means migrants stranded


in Calais can use European human rights laws to join relations living


Falling global stock markets make the front page of the Guardian.


And The Times also leads with fears over the economy,


caused by volatility in world markets.


We will go to the markets in a moment. First, the Telegraph. Human


rights ticket to Britain is the headline. Four young men in the


notorious jungle camp in Calais have gone through the British courts, and


being ruled they can join their siblings who are already legal. They


have been granted asylum status in the UK. These for are 316-year-olds,


and a man in his 20s, who is apparently seriously mentally ill.


The British court has ruled they have a right to a family life, and


this opens the doors to many other claimants in Calais, refugees,


joining their family members in the UK for similar reasons. The UK


government is likely to challenge this. It raises a spectre of


possibly thousands more refugees coming to the UK. David Cameron


announced that written was going to take 20,000 refugees over the course


of four years. There could be many, many more. The key thing is, they


hadn't been granted asylum in France, which was the first country


they arrived in. Normally they would have to do that initially. The


centres have given them the way round that. This feeds into the


bigger picture. Depending on what side of the fence you for on, some


Eurosceptics are claiming Brussels bureaucrats are trying to bully the


government. Others will say that they are trying to get Britain to


take their fair share of refugees. But there is something called the


Dublin Regulation, which means that if people arrive, people have too


seek asylum in the first country they reach in the EU. If they come


to the UK and try to seek asylum there, they can be deported as a


result. Unless you take more refugees, the figure of 90,000,


which is a quota. They say, unless we take 90,000, we will not be able


to apply the Dublin Regulation. There are implications for the


referendum. They are quite severe, potentially, because this could


overshadow David Cameron's overshadow David Cameron's


negotiations in Europe, and possibly lead to the referendum not being in


the summer, but maybe as late as October, which the government


doesn't want. The last thing David Cameron wants now is an issue as


emotive as immigration clouding the final weeks of negotiation with his


partners in Europe. There is a key summit in the next few months, where


we will be able to make a decision whether he has been successful in


his renegotiations, and then the government will press on with the


referendum. The key thing is when it happens. The Telegraph suggests it


may happen in June. The word is, he would like it in June. But there are


other factors in play. The London mayoral elections are coming on, and


it will be bad news for Zac Goldsmith, the Conservative


candidate, if he were to find his base preoccupied with campaigning


elsewhere. It is also bad news for those who want to stay in Europe. My


own suspicion is, if the British public decided in the end,


immigration would play a key factor in their thinking. If immigration


was in the headlines all summer... If you went from June to October,


the levels of migration would be highest in the summer months. It


depends which way it goes. You will remember the heartfelt outpourings


from newspapers, public and politicians when the bodies of


children who drowned trying to cross the sea into Europe were found. You


do not see the papers reporting so much now on the drownings, which


continue to this day. If you have a summer of drownings, public mood


could shift. Or it could harden people's resolve. Something else


that is hard to read is the state of the global economy. Particularly for


those of us who have a pension that depends on the stock market. It


depends what paper you read. I am reading two. It reminds me of the


quote, if you ask to lawyers question, you will get three


opinions. There are varying views about the state of the economy. The


Financial Times talks about the slowdown of the Chinese economy, the


falling oil price, and the prospect of rises in the US, causing near to


a bear market. That is defined as when prices fall is 20% below their


last peak, which is where we are now. My advisor says, you start


panicking when FTSE is down to around five. It is on 5.6. There is


real concern being felt in the UK and around the world. The Guardian


covers the same story, but the headline is about panic selling,


fears that the global economy growing. There is a motivation of


having a go at George Osborne and the government in charge of the


economy. George Osborne warned us about the threats that Britain faced


a few weeks ago, and warned not to allow creeping complacency to creep


in. It is worrying for the economy and for the government, because he


is building his reputation as someone who has fixed the roof while


the Sun is shining. He has made us suffer this austerity in order to


improve the economy, but it is a very difficult -- very different


tone from his Orton statement. We are getting conflicting messages,


worst of the effect of, sell everything, the party is over.


Chinese growth is not what we expected, it isn't cataclysmic.


Falling oil prices mainly affects the suppliers of oil. A slight


growth in the world economy by the end of the year was predicted, so


don't panic, was the view. We have had predictions of oil prices going


back by the end of the year. Which one of you is most fascinated by the


world of the space industry? It isn't me. It is so out of this world


that I cannot get my head round it. I am probably a more regular visitor


to the Greenwich Observatory venue, given that I have young children who


are obsessed with the planets. A ninth planet has been found,


according to the California Institute of technology. This planet


is a gas giant, but not a very original name. It is believed to be


ten times as big as Neptune, the eighth this planet from the Sun. I


found myself getting confused with how many planets thereafter. I


thought Pluto was a dwarf planet. I thought it was something to do with


the mass of the planet. I recall an argument about whether it was a


dwarf planet, when we had the mission that flew past it last year.


Scientists have the criteria, I suppose. Even sophisticated


telescopes have not spotted this for donkeys years. This is an


astronomical day, because there has been this once in a lifetime


alignment of planets that means that if you stand at the top of a hill in


the countryside with a telescope, you might just be able to see it. I


memorised the order of the planets after I interviewed an astronomer


earlier on! That picture on the front of the Independent is an


artists impression, it is important to point out. The scientists have


described it as the most planet like planet in the solar system! If they


had that photograph, why didn't they find it before? John, the poppy


seller story from the Telegraph. This is rather sad. This little old


lady, Liz Cooke, a 92-year-old poppy seller in the West Country who took


her own life. -- Liz Cook. She had been swamped by egging letters --


begging letters. There has been an investigation into this by a


fundraising watchdog. In one year, she received 3200 mailings from


charities. We worked that out to be 62 a week. They were all begging


letters. The vast majority for them were unsolicited, sent by groups who


had obtained the address from third parties. I think this really is


terrible. It drives us nuts. very upset indeed about this. And


she was a passionate supporter of good causes. She found it very hard


to say no, so she felt totally overwhelmed by it.


important questions to ask about data protection and who you pass


your address on to. We have all received junk mail, and we might be


able to dismiss them, but if you are sat at home and you receive eight or


nine of the midday, and you are the type of person who feels compelled


to help, these are pretty graphic images of starving children around


the world, and it very sadly drove her to her death. And once you


password details on, it is very hard to stop it. That's it for the time


being. Thank you very much to John and pepper. We will be back at


11:30pm with another look at the stories making the news.


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