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50 minutes. Hello and welcome to


our look ahead to what the papers With me are Beth Rigby, the


media editor at the Times, and the The Guardian leads with


our top story tonight, the new strike action announced


by junior doctors in England. The same story dominates


the front page of the i newspaper, which also says Jeremy Hunt faces


a legal challenge to the new A group of former senior military


commanders have told the Telegraph The Times has new polling on the EU


referendum, claiming voters are The Indpendent leads with what it


calls President Obama's "last-ditch 'Mars barred' is the Metro's


headline, as the chocolate maker The FT leads with new merger talks


between the London and Frankfurt And, according to the Mail, most


meat sold in restaurants and supermarkets


is from animals raised on GM feed. Starting with the Times. Nation


divided. As regards the EU referendum, voters split over the


Brexit in the first poll since David Cameron came back with that deal


last week. It is going to be tight. But we always knew that, didn't we?


We knew the nation was divided. The first couple of days we've been


concentrating on the Conservative Party for obvious reasons. One good


thing I suppose, all on budget of people who have benefited from the


start of the campaign, is the polling industry. They suffered


after the general election after getting it so badly wrong. Of course


they might still get it wrong! This one in the Times has more or less


the same number of people saying they want to remain or leave. But it


is only one poll. There is also an internet poll and has already been


an analysis of the differences between the results you get,


depending on how you conduct the poll. Telephone polls seem to find


more people saying we should stay in the EU, so I think we do have to be


extremely cautious of these. Not much detail has been put forward


about why people have come to the conclusions they have. If you look


at the opinion polls that have been carried out in other countries,


after they had similar referendums, huge fluctuations. The poles up


until this one it seems house by and large suggested that the income has


been ahead. It has tightened, it would seem. Both sides are going to


be trying to get out their message in the next four months, in whatever


way will be successful. It could mean using the personalities of


someone like Boris Johnson, or whatever. Are we going to see the


fax, the issues, SAP seen by all of that? What's interesting, when you


look back to the Scottish referendum, everyone was complacent,


thinking Scotland would vote to stay in the EU. There was that polling


the Sunday Times and suddenly the polls had narrowed to a few points.


And then that mad rush from David Cameron. Cameron started rushing up


to Scotland, business started coming out to talk about the threat of


Scotland leaving the union and the dangers the Scottish consumers et


cetera. What we see now is that regardless of what happens to the


polls, both sides are going to fight this to the death. They are starting


early and they are going to... We will have this campaign every day


for four months until June 23. I have been involved in a few


campaigns in my time but your worst position is complacency. If the


polls show you are ahead, the danger is supporters get complacent and


stone turnout. With the In campaign, which I support, they are ahead and


it is in their interest to appear close. The Daily Telegraph. We are


safer in Europe. The security element is being trotted out here.


We are safer if we stay in Europe, apparently. This is going back to


the point about having an orchestrated campaign. The


government this morning... There was a letter from the FTSE to stay in


Europe today. The Telegraph have -- has a letter saying they believe it


is in the national interest to remain an EU member. The Out


campaign will say that this is another example of Project Fiona,


that actually our security interests are best represented within Nato,


not within the European Union. And what the generals are doing probably


pushed or encouraged by the government is to put fear into the


public that we will be less secure if we leave the EU. But the fact is,


if you have a bunch of people who want to run your Armed Forces that


is quite a potent message, regardless of whether it is put in


fact or not. I think it is fair to say that the remain campaign had the


best of the media in the first few days of the referendum. Boris made a


splash with his announcement, that was quickly undermined, the reasons


why he was doing it, whether it was out of personal ad mission. David


Cameron on strong form yesterday. -- admission. We have the economic


argument made by the FTSE 100 companies. Now what we have the


defence argument. I think Downing Street is determined that no -- the


campaign should not be built up. It will be a long campaign. They can't


sustain this all the way through. They are getting in pretty heavy


blows early on. But there could be statistics and facts that are out of


their control. Look at the Daily Telegraph. Migrant influx tops


100,006 weeks. At the kind of headline that could make people


think we need to control our borders, in their opinion. This just


shows that the ripple effect... The cerium or -- the cerium crisis's


effect. 110,000 migrants have travelled to the EU in the past six


weeks, compared with 7500 in the same period last year. But there's


nothing the EU can do about the in Syria. Our decision as to whether or


not to stay in the EU could hinge on this. But this story, vis-a-vis


Britain's membership of the EU, is a red herring. This is actually... The


argument about whether we stay in or out of Europe is all about the free


movement of people across the European single market. What this is


is a refugee crisis stemmed by a wall, created by a wall, and the


fact that 110,000 people arrive on the shores of Europe doesn't


translate to a massive spike in migration into the UK because these


people can't get access into the UK, apart from in a refugee


programme. David Cameron has been quite tardy in the numbers of people


he would take, 20,000 against 1 million for Germany. It is a red


herring, you are right, in policy terms. At in terms of the impact on


the referendum campaign it's a serious issue. -- but in terms. The


question of migrants is so potent for 70 people in this country.


People fear crime. -- for so many people. The fact that statistics


tell a different story doesn't matter. It seems people fear the


influx of immigrants, even if the fax say differently. Which is why


David Cameron is having this referendum in June, ahead of the


summer months when you will see a massive spike. The whole point of


the winter is people don't make the journey because it is so


treacherous. More than 400 people, including many children, have


already drowned this year making the journey or trying to make the


crossing. Guardian. Junior doctors declare fresh waves of strikes. They


will be long enough, 48 hours, this is getting very nasty. Yes, the


stakes are very high and clearly Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary,


is hoping that the story will go away. -- Health Secretary. They will


realise it wasn't so bad after all and they will go along with it,


whether they like it or not. It seems from the position of the


junior doctors that they are ready to go in for the long haul. But the


last thing the government wants, because they will have a strategy --


won't have a strategy, beyond hoping for the best, that junior doctors


like in other industries will eventually lose the will to carry on


the fight. At the moment they seem to have the will to go all the way.


We had one junior doctors saying she was ready to go on and on in this


dispute. What do you think this means for Jeremy Hunt? This story


reminds me of what happened with Michael Gove. In the end, in the


run-up to the election, he had such bad relations with the teaching


community that effectively he was moved out of that department,


because Lynton Crosby, the then Tory election chief, took the view that


he was so toxic that it would affect their prospects at the polls. What


would happen here is that Jeremy Hunt will be moved on from the


department of health in the reshuffle that will happen. I think


he will see this through, they will hope it will change when the


contract kicks in and then he will move on. Because I think the medical


community... Unless the judicial review decides the government can't


impose a contract. Last attempt by President Obama. He hasn't been able


to shut Guantanamo Bay. He probably won't still be able to do it is


having a go and is really going for it. He has this visit to Cuba. Lots


of controversial things. People who hate President Obama will hate him


even more for attending to do all of this. Of course we know campaigning


is going on to replace President Obama. We haven't seen any reaction


yet from Donald Trump. You can see him turning around and saying the


bill will be four times as big. It is a very inflammatory issue. The


problem with President Obama is he doesn't have control over the


Congress. It isn't good for his legacy, I suppose, that he said he


would shut it and hasn't been able to. In the 2008 presidential


election he described it as a sad chapter for American history and


pledged to do something about it. He also pledged to do something about


gun laws. There have been many things he wanted to do and the


reality of when you actually get into the White House and you are


gridlocked by your Congress it isn't possible. But he is really going for


it in his final months. Even if he can't affect the change, he is


putting these things back on the table, which is something. Yes. On


the The Daily Mail. Most meat sold in restaurants and supermarkets is


from animals raised on GM food. Basically there's been a whole


debate about genetically modified crops in the UK. It is massive in


the US. In the UK we have been very reluctant to have GM crops and we


really only have GM crops for research centres. But obviously need


imported is being fed on grain and maize that is GM. So it turns out


that even though we have stringent rules in the UK about not having GM


products on our food chain, the scale of the imported food means


that we have loads of GM in our food chain, which tells you about the


globalisation of food. Are people going to be bothered about this, do


you think? The evidence suggests that they are not and that they tend


to get not very excited about it. I think there's been a lot of hype


about GM. It might be that after a while people think they have been


consuming GM in one form or another for quite a long time, we haven't


all fallen sick, and we will get used to the idea that actually GM is


not the Frankenstein thing that some people try to suggest it is. It said


here that big supermarkets said customers could avoid GM exposure if


they bought organic food, because even UK bred animals might be fed


food from overseas. But the thing is organic food is really expensive for


so many people. So there are always trade-offs to these arguments.


Finally, we have about one minute left, which chief is paid ?819,000


for one year? This is your story in the Times. Yes. It is ironic. The


chief exec of the consumer Champion has been paid such a big salary. He


is probably the highest paid executive of a charity in the UK.


The reason he has been paid such a big amount is that he had a full


term incentive plan that paid out this fee and he was paid ?500,000 as


a bonus. But the fact is... It will still be a surprise to a lot of


people. Someone tweeted to me when I put this story out, she said, Which?


should have a report into charities... they should investigate


themselves. think they want to get the story out and be done with it.


there's a new chairman in now and i don't think these sorts of paid --


pay packets will be repeated, but it is damaging to the brand. exactly.


we will have to end of there. it was the best story. let's not mention


that. dodgy editors of the times newspaper! you will get her into


trouble. thank you so much for looking at the stories. stay with


us. much more coming up on bbc news. now it's time for sportsday.


Hello and welcome to Sportsday, with me, Ore Oduba.


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