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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers


With me are Sue Matthias, the Senior News Projects Editor


at the Financial Times and James Millar, the Westminster


The Daily Express leads with the words of the president


of the European parliament, aimed at Britain ahead of the EU


The Financial Times says Britain's biggest companies are unprepared


for a possible British exit from the European Union.


The Times says private schools are in crisis, because of rising


It quotes the publisher of the Good Schools Guide, saying independent


The Telegraph says the Moroccan-born daughter-in-law of Abu Hamza can't


be deported from Britain because of a ruling by the European Court that


She served a prison term for smuggling a SIM card to


The Daily Mail has the banner headline, "Exodus".


It says another 70,000 people are fleeing the fighting and heading for


the Turkish border, "just one step away from Europe", as it puts it.


We are going to start with the story about private schools. It is in the


Guardian and also the Times, a slightly different slump in both


papers. -- slant. Results and behaviour see big improvement. Good


news and bad news, depending on where you send your kids? Good news


for most people, because most people send their kids to state schools. It


is a slightly odd story, because it is a good news story that state


schools are getting better. Yet both papers have gone with, this is a bad


thing for the private sector, rather than the possibly more positive spin


on it. It is based on the good schools guide, put together by Ralph


Lucas in the Guardian, Lord Lucas in the Times, interestingly. Justin on


Twitter says that if that kind of story slows down the extent of long


run above inflation school fee rises then good, but I doubt it. Supply


and demand, I suppose. Will they drop their prices? It is picked up


in the Times, which does report on two decades of above inflation rises


in fees, which is pushing private education beyond the reach of the


middle earners, and that is really the nub of the story when it comes


down to it. The private schools are pricing themselves out of the


market, combined with a massive increase in standards across the


state sector. And not just in London, interestingly, where that is


received quite a lot of attention. It is not confined to London. In the


Times, private schools in crisis, hundreds face closure as parents


teach fees and opt for state schools. About a year ago, in the


aftermath of the crunch, some schools were having to look at the


idea of going into the state sector, perhaps as academy schools or free


schools. Exactly, and another thing I think it is a pattern is that


parents who choose independent schools will stick with it up to


secondary level, and then find that often they have a very strong sixth


form college education, which is really strong. It is slicing away


from the top as well. It is a bit rich, if you will excuse the pun,


that these schools live by the capitalist system, you have to pay


for them. A lot of them do, many of them have charitable foundations.


Most of them, you have to pay for the education. I'm sorry, and I know


this for sure, a lot of them offer bursaries and scholarships. But that


is replacing the fees, somebody still has to pay the fee, and now


they are having more competition and they are worried this is putting


them out of business. The deal is you improve your standards and then


you survive, that is how the capitalist system works. There is


also a line in one of these reports that says that despite this, private


school pupil numbers have never been higher. So this effect is obviously


going to take a while to come through, so we mustn't shed too many


tears right now. I don't think the independent system is going anywhere


in a hurry. I am shocked at the lack of balance, the pair of you. The


Independent, why are you laughing? I will provide the balance! I think


this is probably the best of the front-page stories. The five


Challenger banks were set up to provide more competition to make the


banks behave themselves, and they are being run by Fred Goodwin's


coterie, the people who are running RBS, you may remember crash the


economy. He turned out to be fantastically bad that his job, and


the people who were working with him are now running these Challenger


banks. It is not hard to find people who would be better at running them,


because you just find people who haven't crashed the economy? Can you


blame them for his mistakes? He wasn't solely to blame at RBS for


crashing the economy, he did have a large role in it though. Surely we


can find people in the country who have not worked for RBS can a bank,


there must be? The revelation was called " disturbing". They said


mistakes had drained the Exchequer of billions of pounds, and that


would not be repeated. It doesn't look good, doesn't? I think Martine


has a point, of these individuals -- each of these individuals are good


bankers and executives in their own right, but it doesn't look good.


Hasn't the sector changed quite a lot since it all went wrong? Yes, it


is a great story, because it makes you drop your post over breakfast.


You will wonder how these people survived the crash and seem to be


flourishing despite what happened. Surprise, surprise. Lex look at the


FT. -- let's look at the FT. Few contingency plans among FTSE groups,


large companies want to lie low. What is going on? Do you think these


companies feel they don't need to worry about a Brexit? The FT has


done a survey of the FTSE 100, and it turns out that only four of them


were prepared to say they were engaging in any kind of detailed


planning. Vodafone said that no planning of note was required. So,


either they are coming over as pretty complacent, or they really


don't think there is anything very much to worry about. Those are the


only two possible conclusions. It is very interesting. In a way, you


might say this is a steady as you go reassuring, this business is happy,


David Cameron will be happy with these comments. I wonder whether


they think they have longer than they have, it won't happen in the


summer and they will get themselves organised just in case. I think they


don't think it is going to happen. The out campaign will be happy with


this. They will think that this means the establishment is


complacent. Here we have the establishment being painted as


taking for granted that they will not be a Brexit. The league campaign


will be happy with this, because they will say, these guys think they


are going to be OK, and they will try to fire up their supporters by


giving the establishment of bloody nose. In the final paragraph it is


pointed out that while no FTSE company said it wanted Britain to


leave, only 18 said that they backed continuing membership. It is hard to


predict, they haven't really come out... Abu Hamza and latest blow to


UN sovereign tree. Terrorist daughter-in-law cannot it reported


due to human rights. Can we have some background? It is another EU


referendum story in a roundabout way. This is the daughter-in-law of


Abu Hamza, smuggled a sim card to him in jail, which is not the worst


crime, but he is a particularly nasty character, so it is a bad


thing to have done. He was eventually sent to America. He was,


where he has been jailed for a long time. She was jailed for a year. The


European Court of justice, which is the UN -- EU Court, says that she


cannot be deported because she has the right to family life. The out


campaign is piling in saying that it means Britain cannot make its own


laws. The timing is brilliant, especially for the Daily Telegraph.


He has Abu Hamza, the most hated man in Britain, the European court of


justice making an appalling decision yet again, according to the


Telegraph. And it all comes to a wonderful climax at the end of this


week. It comes down to the issue of you can pick and choose who you are


allowed to give human rights. Yes, and newspapers are not very good at


dealing with the nuance of these cases. Although, this one is


particularly badly timed, and obviously there is an issue with


this, but most people will think this is not a great decision by the


European court of justice. On the face of it, it is probably are bad


one. That is why we have checks and balances, so that everybody has the


laws applied to them. The Guardian, the Democrats, the test of... The


Clintons are getting a taste of the GOP treatment. This is an analysis


of the Clinton Sanders situation, that Sanders is being hailed as


authentic and drawing an enormous amount of support from young


voters. He only joined the Democrats last year, he was independent before


that. The question raised at the end of this is, is he at all electable?


If not, why is he dead, and making a comparison with Jeremy Corbyn. That


is why it is on the front page of the Guardian. It is about Jeremy


Corbyn, really. We think what is going on in the Labour Party is


somehow unique to the Labour Party, but it is not, it is a worldwide


phenomenon of people looking for the outsider candidate. Hillary Clinton


is not an outsider, but she is electable. I think she said


progressive 15 times. A lot of the Twitter feeds on the night of this


face-off were criticising Bernie Sanders' lack of foreign policy, and


saying that he just doesn't have the experience. What am I allowed to


call people? Clinton is the real deal, and he is having his moment,


but as it says at the end, if he wins the nomination he might as well


hand the Republicans the keys to the White House right now, I strongly


suspect that is the case. But then the Republicans have their own


issue... Astronaut Tim Peake prepares for England and Scotland's


Six Nations clash today. The match will be beamed live to the


International Space Station, and another costume change for Tim


Peake. This will confuse the Russians, do they do rugby? I like


it because you have the English flag in the Scottish flag, and his wife


is Scottish. That has not been mentioned, but he has clearly nailed


his colours to the mast, as it were. The annual fallout is being


avoided by him being in space. And as I said earlier, I think we have


just about reached peak Peake. When you are tired of space menu are


tired of life, I think. Thank you both, up next is Sportsday.


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