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to defend their Davis Cup title. And we look forward to their women's


football team, taking on the US team overnight.


Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers


With me are Miranda Green from the Financial Times and the Telegraph's


The i leads with what it calls the "plea to Britain"


by France and Germany for a vote to stay in the EU.


And the Guardian says that Hollande's comments raised the


prospect of the Calais refugee camp known as the Jungle moving to Kent.


Staying with Europe, Donald Tusk's appeal to economic


migrants not to travel to the EU makes the lead in the Express.


Former Barclays chief executive Bob Diamond is planning


an audacious takeover of his old bank's African arm, reports the FT.


The Telegraph says that Chancellor George Osborne is set to abolish


pension tax relief for higher earners in this month's budget.


The Times reports that a cure for cancer is closer thanks to


a ground-breaking new treatment developed by British scientists.


That story too on the Daily Mail, it asks whether a cure for cancer could


New sentencing guidelines on internet trolls could mean they


are sentenced to five years in prison, says the New Day.


A lot of stories, the EU dominating today after David Cameron meeting


Francois Hollande. It gets interesting, doesn't it? It is about


tactics and who says what and who you can believe. Absolutely, the


question is whether it is useful to David Cameron, to have Francois


Hollande weighing into the British debate. Warning the Brits not to


vote for out. He is saying this is not a question of threatening the


French are between our nations, but we should point out that various


things will change, not least the arrangements to do with immigration,


where immigrants through Europe are stopped at the French coast at the


moment, hence the Jungle camp in Calais. It is interesting, because


obviously they don't want Britain to leave the EU, partly because they


have their own domestic problems. Some say that Francois Hollande


would have said this anyway with or without David Cameron by his side.


Perhaps, but David Cameron has been touring the countries of Europe


trying to shore up support. In France, Marine Le Pen, the head of


the Front National, which is far right, has said she has been taking


inspiration from what has been happening in the UK, and in the


presidential election in France she will be promising Frexit, after


Brexit. An interesting response from those who want to leave the EU. It


quotes Chris Grayling in the Guardian, doesn't it? Yes, who is


obviously an outer. He describes the comments as desperate. He accused


the Euro elite of teaming up with big business to pile pressure on


British voters. This is clearly going to be a strategy. We already


have project fear, which, as with the UK Unionists in the Scottish


Referendum, were accused of project fear, scaremongering about the


possible consequences of Scotland leaving the union. That is what the


outers are now doing against the inners. The idea of the Euro elite


is interesting, because it plays into that global, apparently,


trend. Bernie Sanders, Jeremy Corbyn, Donald Trump, Nigel Farage,


all these men of the people, political figures, on very different


sides of national political spectrum is, but all taking a stand


apparently against the established political elite. That seems to be a


zeitgeist among voters on both sides of the Atlantic, and clearly


something Chris Grayling is trying to tap into. Then you have David


Cameron fighting back against that by reminding everyone that David


Icke is fought out. They say they want to make it a mainstream opinion


for the status quo. Business continues to George Osborne,


according to your paper. Osborne under fire over radical tax relief


plan. That is coming soon, isn't it? That's right. The budget is


March 17, and this is the traditional prebudget row, which is


often about pensions, because it is such an enormous part of the


expenditure. How we pay for our ageing population. This is


interesting also. It looks like George Osborne has fallen out with


Roz Altman, who was made pensions minister, even though she used to be


a campaigner. She does not want George Osborne to make these radical


changes that he seems to be thinking of making in the budget. That is


quite interesting. The idea is that if you pay into a pension plan you


get tax relief at source, so if you are a higher rate taxpayer and you


get up to 45%, your tax comes back and that is invested and grows over


the long-term. The idea is apparently to turn that around so


you would pay tax on your income as you receive it in your working life,


so the amount you would put into your pension pot would be lower, but


then the money you would get back out of your pension pot would be


tax-free when you retire. So effectively the idea is that it is


just a switch, that you would pay tax earlier. For George Osborne,


that is terribly convenient because he would get about


10,000,000,000-a-year upfront, which is about the seventh of the deficit


as it currently stands, which is worth having. You have to remember


that these changes in pensions... Pensions very competent thing.


Gordon Brown did a very famous tax raid on pensions when he first came


into office as Chancellor. It was supposed to cost 5 billion a year,


and Vote 2014 it was costing double that. Combined with increases in


life expectancy and changing investment yields, the British


salary pension system, which was the envy of the world, was almost


completely destroyed. So, you tamper at your peril. And the incentives as


well. If you are trying to deal with incentivising people to save, it is


extremely sensitive. There is also the issue of the Conservative Party


whacking their own voters. And a concern about people spending their


pensions too quickly. If you are middle-class conservative voter in


the south-east of England, had you provide to your retirement without


George Osborne bashing you? You wouldn't do this in a budget just


before a general election, I think it is fair to say focus on Adam


Johnson here,. It is a slightly mischievous story, suggesting he


will play with a team while he is in prison. The question today is about


what Sunderland football team knew, or didn't know, and why they allowed


him to carry on playing when they knew about his allegations. The


question of course is that he said he would contest all the


allegations, and the fact that he changed his plea on some of the


minor charges on the eve of his trial, they say came as a complete


shock to them. If that is true, then they were entitled to conclude he


was innocent until proven guilty. The presidential candidate race


hasn't featured as much as I expected. It has been quite


fascinating, hasn't hit? Yet another extraordinary day in the American


race to select the candidates for the presidential race. This


afternoon, Mitt Romney, who failed to become president last time


against Barack Obama, has launched an extraordinary attack on Donald


Trump, saying his promises are worthless, that essentially a con


artist. This is part of the operation that is being mounted by


the Republican Party to save America from their own man. It is


extraordinary to watch, because on one level you anticipate that an


intervention will be made to stop Donald Trump, but attacking him


doesn't seem to work. It is getting a bit late, isn't it? It is on the


cusp. Imagine if Jeremy Corbyn was massively ahead in the up union


polls, if the Labour establishment decided they had to stop him. This


is the equivalent of wheeling Ed Miliband out. Mitt Romney was a big


loser in 2012, and if he is the best the Republican Party has got to save


itself from itself... You have done a bit of research, haven't you? It


looks like it could step back into this campaign. He has been


speculating in the mass media. On his website, it says that it is paid


for by his campaign for president, which may be vestigial. It says he


and his wife are praying for the future of the country. And it talks


about a brokered convention to try to block him, as well. I was just


going to say, it is extraordinary. The psychology of it. The Jeremy


Corbyn comparison is quite a good one, because normally in a political


race... I wonder how the Jeremy Corbyn feels about being compared to


Donald Trump! There was a stop Jeremy Corbyn campaign, because


people don't like the idea of a stitch up. Interestingly, the vote


goes to the public on which is a real insight into American feeling


right now. And the way they do it, the fact it goes on for months, and


it is caucuses where people meet up and talk about it as well as


primaries, where they vote. The US pundits are saying that a week on


Tuesday, when Florida and Ohio vote, both of them are winner take


all states, so all of Florida's delegates go to whoever wins that


state. In the Democratic primary they split all the delegates


proportionally, so if you win a state 55 -45, you get 55% of the


delegates, not 100%. This has gone to lawyers in the past, hasn't it?


It has gone to litigation, to the Supreme Court, in the year 2000.


When we get to it, this is probably a fight against Hillary Clinton.


Could Mitt Romney beat Hillary Clinton? He couldn't beat Barack


Obama? We have months to talk about this. I think you have to be careful


of cancer stories, haven't you? Sometimes take over egg it -- they.


This seems to be a personalised treatment where you can take an


injection and it will destroy every malignant cell in your body, even if


you are the final stage of terminal cancer. This is from a repeatable


institution. The doctor in charge says, I will be disappointed if we


haven't treated a patient within two years. If this doesn't work I will


probably hang up my hat and do something else. And we squeeze in


the Daily Telegraph, because this is a story close to my heart. I am


moving out into the sticks and a couple of months and I'm worried


about broadband. I don't know what I'm going to do. Good luck with


that. You might need a satellite. There is a place in


Gloucestershire, which has miserly broadband speed. It would take five


days to download a film. It is hilarious, isn't it. It would be


funny, but it is a real problem. The state of broadband and connectivity


across the UK has become a huge issue. There is an argument, a very


strong one, for saying that actually broadband should be treated like any


other essential utility, and part of the infrastructure, if you actually


want the economy to structure -- function properly. Many more people


work from home these days. If you can. There is broadband, but not as


you have got used to it if you live in the city. There are variations in


speed, et cetera. And strange dead spots. Didn't David Cameron say


there would be fast broadband in every home in the country by 2020?


Yes, that was part of the agenda. Brian Miller... The battle goes on.


Unless they decide this is an essential service, like the


utilities, it is not going to happen. It will be expensive to


cable the entire British Isles. Everyone needs to gang up in a


village and get it installed. Thank you for joining us. Sportsday is


next. Hello and welcome to Sportsday,


I'm Sarah Walton. Three medals for Great


Britain on day two of the


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