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result from a host of Rob the matches from both codes. That is


after the Papers. Hello and welcome to


our look ahead to what the papers With me are the


Mirror's Deputy Political Editor Jack Blanchard and the Daily


Telegraph columnist Tim Stanley. The Independent claims that Facebook


may pay little or nothing in additional tax for


the next few years, despite today's The Culture Secretary John


Whittingdale tells the Telegraph that the Prime Minister should


release figures that show the true number of European Union


migrants living in the UK. A Home Office Minister tells


the Daily Mail that human rights laws mean some illegal immigrants


can't be deported from the UK. Meanwhile the Express says


the number of new asylum applications lodged across the EU


last year rose to 1.2 million. The Times reports that


George Osborne has abandoned an overhaul of pension tax


after a revolt from Tory MPs. And, 20 years since 16 pupils and


a teacher were killed at Dunblane primary school, the headteacher back


in 1996 has given an emotional We start with pensions and how the


Guardian is looking at it. George Osborne forced to give up radical


reforms in the budget. I wonder how much of this is because he doesn't


understand any more than anyone else does. The tax on pensions is


graduated, which means if you are high earner you end up saving a


great deal of money. The idea was that that would be replaced with a


flat tax of around 20%. It was suggested the Chancellor would then


make up for any losses that people might have suffered while they were


paying into their pension by saying that when you came to take money


out, it wouldn't be taxed. So, a kind of neat way round the problem.


The problem is that it would have put people off from investing in


their pension, which is what the government should be encouraging


people to do, but also, would anyone trust a future government not to tax


pensionable income? So he has backed down. It is a sign that the proposal


is flawed, but also that he feels politically weak. The government is


facing a referendum on the EU, is desperate not to alienate the Tory


grassroots, and they probably calculated that this person would


have done exactly that. It might surprise some that he is feeling


weak, given some of the changes he has managed to get through. He


hasn't had the best year, and he is making a bit of a habit of this. Is


2012 budget, he had to rewrite a lot of it, with U-turns on various


taxes. His budget last year, the first one as in all Tory Chancellor,


he had to do a U-turn on the tax credit cards that he had just


announced. Now he is you turning on his budget before he has even


announced his budget, which is a new record to him and not a good look.


He has tried to slip it out on Friday night in the hope it wouldn't


make the front pages, but that didn't go too well. How much do you


think, Jack, is down to the fact that he has leadership aspirations,


and if he upsets the voters or his own backbenchers that might thwart


him. I think everything George Osborne does is down to the fact


that he has leadership aspirations. He is trying to fight his own party


on too many fronts. The last thing he needs to do is go picking a fight


with them on pensions as well as Europe. As soon as we saw the scale


of the opposition from the press, who should be his allies, from the


MPs standing behind him, to the grassroots, as soon as he realised


what he was getting himself into, he has gone straight back. How much is


down to the fact it was a flawed policy rather than political


expediency? Who knows. The fact that it was trailed and then withdrawn is


suspicious. George Osborne is a Chancellor who is very good at


pulling rabbits out of hats. He surprised everyone with his living


wage announcements, and the changes to pensions he made before the


election with annuity reforms. Having made us all think he is weak


and you turning right now, when it comes to the budget he could do


something incredible that makes us all think he is absolutely amazing


again. We all know how that feels, performance and sleight of hand!


Facebook to pay its fair share of tax, but not yet. We had only just


got used to the idea that this was actually happening today, and now we


are told not to be too excited about it. Yes, because they are sitting on


?21 million worth of deferred tax relief, which means they could end


up not paying the money until quite sometime in the future. So on the


face of it it looked like they were doing the right thing, but we're not


going to any money yet. There is method in their madness. There is a


new tax system coming in saying that if you don't pay your 20% corporate


tax, we will charge a 25%. It is not clear whether that will have caught


them in the way that they were using pirated to pay their taxes. I don't


know. They have certainly moved before they were taken out. The


problem is that they haven't given us any real detail of exactly how


they will do it. They say they will put more of their UK profits through


the UK tax revenues, which is good news, but what is interesting is you


don't see anything from the government today saying this is a


huge success. If you think back to the Google success a few weeks ago,


when the Chancellor came out saying this was a huge success of the


government, and it turned out most people didn't see it that way. They


are saying nothing about this, they are being completely quiet, they


want to see the details about getting caught up. Let's look at the


Telegraph. A cabinet minister has warned that Britain's public


services are creaking at the seams. This is coming from the culture


Secretary. And not just from John Whittingdale, but it is something


that the eurosceptic side of the referendum debate have been saying


for some time. Part of what looks like a co-ordinated attack on David


Cameron. He was ambushed at PMQs on Wednesday by David Davis, a


prominent Eurosceptic, who asked why there is this difference between the


official number of people who have moved to the country, and the number


of national insurance numbers that have been registered by people


abroad. The difference is extraordinary. 257,000 EU migrants


last year. Over the same time, 630,000 EU citizens registered for a


national insurance number. That is a huge difference. What they are


trying to suggest is that a lot more European migrants are coming to work


than statistics would suggest. But those statistics might also be


wrong. We don't know how many people have got a national insurance number


who aren't here. Yes, you can get one, and hold it for a few weeks and


then go back. I think they are trying to prove a point that they


are coming to work, rather than claim benefits. That shoots the Fox


when it comes to the Brussels summit deal. David Cameron said he had


stopped the issue of benefits, and that would stop people from coming.


They are trying to shoot at. It is a pity that the EU debate has become


harder about internal Tory propping or about immigration. -- plotting.


It should be about sovereignty and issues of trade and things like


that. But I think this will be the issue it keeps coming back to. If


you think the Eurosceptics are playing this card too strongly,


don't forget the government has tried it by claiming that if Britain


leaves the EU, migrants will stream across the Channel and set up camp


in Dover instead of in Calais. Everyone is playing the migrant


card. There is also talk of the migrants issue and Europe on pages


eight and nine of the Daily Mail. Tory civil war erupts. We rather


like these pictures of Francois Hollande and Angela Merkel cosying


up. Who would want to leave the EU when you can see how happy they can


be as part of it? It is a glorious thing. The more serious story


alongside the pictures are the plotting against David Cameron, the


open plotting against David Cameron, that is now starting to happen among


his own party. We are two weeks into a four-month campaign, and already


very senior Conservatives are starting to say David Cameron will


have to go if he loses the referendum. Some are starting to him


that he might have to go if he wins it. How bad will this get? We have


weeks of this! Why would he have to go if he wins? He would have to go


if he won Andy that wasn't large. -- and the gap wasn't large. Also at


the party felt that he had been bullied or the campaign had been


very acrimonious. The EU referendum is on one hand about a


straightforward policy choice to be in the EU or not. On another level


it is about so much more. For the Tories it is a generational battle


between Thatcherites and Liberals, and people are settling old scores


with this. That is what we are seeing. The irony is that this could


end up damaging the PM and encouraging a lot of Labour voters


to join in with the league side. If they calculate that the EU


referendum is evolving into a vote of confidence in David Cameron, a


lot of centrist and centre-left voters don't like David Cameron, and


they might come out and vote was to damage him. A lot of this might


deflect the debate away from the EU and towards domestic issues. But a


lot of people will look at that and wonder what people are talking


about, with wet and dry and generational, I understand that for


the conservative movement it is important. But for most people it is


about jobs, people moving to the country, will my business be


stronger or more secure part of the union or not? They will be looking


at it in a hardheaded way. They see the Conservative Party tearing


itself apart over Europe yet again, and it will only end up damaging one


thing, and that is the Conservative Party. That is indisputable, but


just to add, if you look at the polls what is really interesting is


that if you simply ask people how they will vote, it is close. If you


distinguish between those who are definitely going to vote and those


who aren't, leave has a significant majority. If people judge this whole


debate as an intra- Tory spat, a lot of people will stay at home. I


suspect it will be the Europhiles who stay at home. I think this all


works to the advantage of the leave campaign. The more toxic the debate


becomes, I think it helps the Tory right. So, possibly the complete


opposite. I am relieved, that allows balance! The Express, OJ Simpson.


This story never seems to go away. A nice that has been found in the


house that formerly belonged to OJ Simpson has been discovered, but


apparently it had been in the possession of a police officer for a


long time, and we are hearing that he intended to put it on display


somehow. We don't even know whether it has anything to do with the death


of his wife. The details still need to come out in the wash, but as a


headline, how eye-catching was at this afternoon when we saw, knife


found that OJ's house. Anyone who was old enough to remember the mid-


90s and what happened will be interested in this story. I believe


there is a TV show at the moment going over the old ground in some


detail, that a lot of people are watching. It is a real revival. They


might have to make another episode of the TV show! It is a fantastic


archaeological find, and I understand that they also found the


part of the covenant and the holy Grail nearby. -- the Ark of the


covenant. I was at work, and somebody asked who OJ is. I said,


don't lie, you are not that young! Someone who is feeling very young


despite his venerable years. Rupert Murdoch has married Jerry Hall. I


don't understand why people are not happy about this. People have a lot


of reasons why they have relationships, and people see things


in each other that we can't seen each other, and I am very happy that


these two have found each other. You are romantic, I love it. I can think


of a few veteran journalists who will see some irony in Rupert


deciding to exchange vows on Fleet Street, the street he destroyed 30


years ago almost single-handedly. Yes, he didn't choose to get married


in Wapping. No, and who would? It is an awful place, no one would want to


go work there. If you live in Wapping, we apologise. Thank you


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