30/01/2016 The Papers


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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers


With me are Dawn-Maria France, Editor-in-chief of


Yorkshire Women's Life magazine, and James Martin, Executive Editor


The Observer claims the government is battling to protect a ?30 billion


The Sunday Express headlines a new study which suggests people


taking heart statins almost double their risk of developing diabetes.


The Mail on Sunday claims David Cameron is considering sending his


son to one of Britain's top private schools, Colet Court, in London.


The Independent on Sunday leads with reports the Prime Minister is very


close to securing a four-year curb on migrants benefits with the EU.


The Sunday Telegraph focuses on the continuing migrant crisis,


headlining violence at a demo in Dover and the deaths


of 39 people, some of them children, who drowned in the Aegean Sea


And the Sunday Times reports criticism


from David Cameron towards Britain's top universities for failing to


Let's begin with the Independent. A relatively familiar refrain across


the Sunday papers is about European union and whatever deal Mr Cameron


may or may not have achieved. I would like to talk about the UN


Security Council that had the discussion recently about a peace


were roadmap for Syria. They didn't mention ISIS, or what happens to


President Assad, and all of this feeds into the migrant crisis. The


PM will be meeting Donald Tusk, the president of the EU, tomorrow to


talk about the migrant plan and benefits cap for EU migrants.


Eurosceptics are saying that this isn't a deal that they believe will


happen, and they question the pre-election pledge and say that is


dead in the water, because the pledge did say that the EU would be


discussing it particularly as it pertains to benefits. I think this


is an argument that will be impossible to thrash out, really.


This will frame a great deal of the debate. It feels like a massive rush


going on at the moment. Jean-Claude Juncker was involved with


discussions with the PM on Friday, and Donald Tusk and the PM will be


meeting at Number Ten tomorrow. Number Ten is briefing that any deal


with the EU will involve Britain, that the day after any deal they


will be able to block benefits payments to EU migrants. So much of


this is linked with the migration crisis. We are coming up to a summer


period, which will potentially mean more crossings. We already have


record amounts of people coming to the EU at the moment. We are seeing


a 35 fold increase year-on-year in January of European arrivals. That


is a huge number. 35 fold increase! Talking about all these people


trying to come to the EU this year, which can only understand why this


is going to come to a head. It is fascinating that a couple of years


ago, if we had been talking about and in our European referendum --


in/out. Migration wouldn't have been the top of the list, but now it is


what everyone is talking about. Look at what happened this summer when we


saw the boats coming to Greece and the sad story of the little boy


drowning, and his body being on the beach. We are seeing the pictures


now, there is no escape from seeing the reality of these people fleeing


Syria. And indeed the ramifications. If you take a look at


the next paper, the Sunday Telegraph, the migration crisis


deepens. You just mentioned that memorable photograph of the dead


baby on the beach. Images are so important, aren't they? Another


striking image, another element of this migration story. The image of


Aylan Kurdi washed up on the beach was a picture that seemed to change


the issue, it changed the way wreckage people were thinking about


this crisis. It seemed to change the way politicians approach the issue.


This image on the front of the Sunday Telegraph today, it feels


like a Banksy painting. You look at this, and there policeman with that


Johns, guys holding placards. This is a picture of this five-hour riot


that occurred in Dover today. You have buses with swastikas daubed on


the sides of them. Antifascist protesters, far right protesters,


though becomes out of this looking very good. It is a shameful episode.


There were nights, knuckledusters, polls, bits of wood being taken from


some of the protesters -- knives. I am using the word protest loosely,


because this was never going to be a protest, it was a brawl and that is


what it turned out to be. The media coverage of all of this, how


difficult is it to portray all sides of this complex story? It is very


difficult indeed, but I don't think the media are actually addressing


the subject of what these people are facing. It looks very much like a


scapegoat matter that these refugees are coming in and being blamed for


everything, and is not looking at the real story of why they are


fleeing in the first place. I think that needs to be addressed, because


at the moment people are blaming them for coming into the country,


they are going to take all these benefits, but behind the story they


are people and we need to see that more. Where they have come from and


why. Why they are coming here, because you need to be very


desperate to make the journey in a rickety boat. Of course, as we have


been hearing today, 39 people feared dead. Let's have a look at another


big issue, Google and its tax havens. The Observer has a lot about


Google, they have gone from ?130 million, which was a big number.


This is ?30 billion! It is a story that when the government were hoping


to open up the Sunday papers tomorrow morning, they were hoping


that they would not have to search and find the Google story. Both the


Daily Mirror and the Observer lead on this. Bermuda sounds nice in


terms of the weather, and in terms of tax evasion. Essentially, this


story is about how Treasury ministers have told the European


Commission that they are strongly opposed to sanctions against the


move. The reason Bermuda is interesting is because approximately


3 billion worth of business sales in the UK go through there. Let's have


a look at the front of the Mirror. This is a new angle, isn't it? It is


alleged that Google has landed a lucrative deal to collect taxes,


which sounds quite ironic, and at the same time thousands of jobs have


been lost by the Revenue, whose job it is to collect tax. It seems


bizarre to me that you would get Google, lose so many staff, it just


doesn't make any sense. Aya more than happy get Google to collect my


taxes if I can pay 3% as well. We should say, by the way, there is any


number of columns that have said it is a disgrace. There are quite a few


journalists who have written columns saying that they paid 3.3 billion


dollars worth of taxes in various places, and... They have abided by


the law. There is a moral component to this, but if the government


wanted Google to pay tax, they could legislate to make that happen,


albeit it might not be very effective. Maybe the only solution


is a global deal, because otherwise you get this arms race of every


country trying to lower its corporation tax, to try to attract


big business. At the moment, it is Google, LinkedIn and Facebook are


very happy in Ireland, paying tax on assets there. People like Lord


Lawson saying maybe it is time to pay tax on sales rather than


profits. Maybe that is part of the solution. I don't get the feeling


that George Osborne is very fussed about changing the corporation tax


rates. If anything, I think he would like the lower. I think you would


like a change in the front pages. Let's have a look at the Sunday


Times. A different angle with its front-page, and this is quite a


striking image and a striking quote. A young black man is more likely to


be in prison than at a university. Racism is a matter of


life, I have experienced it myself, and recently in Yorkshire was on a


train when I heard someone say to someone who was an immigrant, you


have taken over our country, and so on. In their defence, the people on


that train, the Yorkshire people, stood up this particular person.


They said, not in our name. You might be speaking to yourself but we


are not racist and we won't deal with it. I think it is good that


David Cameron has raised this issue, and I think it will play well to


minorities, who largely support Labour. He has brought this issue to


the forefront, and is leading a review on the treatment of nonwhite


defendants in the criminal justice system. I'm glad that he has done


that and open to that debate going forward. You feel that David Cameron


needed this. In PMQs, a bunch of migrants, didn't go very well. The


Tories might have become a bit more of the nasty party of late. This is


where an element of the PM's humanhuman side. 1% of Oxford


admissions were minorities. That is 27 out of 2500 students. Here we


have Jamie Murray winning the doubles yesterday, Andy Murray kicks


off in a few hours time. I am feeling confident for him, go Andy,


I think he can do it. Five of his Australian Open finals he has lost,


three of them to Novak Djokovic. He has lost ten out of his last 11


against Novak Djokovic, so... That is enough! Thank you both for your


company tonight. Coming up next, The Film Review.


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