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second leg will be an uphill struggle in berry-macro we will also
-- and uphill struggle. We will also have more on the rugby and tennis.
That at 10:45pm. Welcome to our look at the papers.
Let us begin with the front pages. Osborne's council tax bombshell is
where we will begin. It is on the The I. It says millions will be hit
after the Chancellor changes rules. We don't have a lot of detail. We
don't, but the thing we have to note is that this government has two
decide whether or not to raise the covers by revaluing our homes or
not. Will it be a rebranding of properties? I can't see a
revaluation happening. Note government would be crazy to do
that. There may be extra bands added on top, particularly in London where
homes are valued so highly. There is this idea that Osborne might remove
the cap that exist on councils for raising council tax. That would
allow him to put the blame for the rises onto the councils themselves.
But nobody wants to see their services reduced, but nobody likes
having to pay more for them. At the moment there is a double squeeze.
Libraries shouting, schools that need to be built, the cost of
elderly care. This money has to come from somewhere and it looks like
taxing people through their front door is going to be the way forward.
Looking at it politically it is interesting. This was a real
flagship policy for the government to hold down council tax. They were
saying they were helping of working families by holding council tax
down. But they can't hold it down for ever. Ultimately, it is a real
terms cut. Indeed, and when you look carefully at it, when you look at
the issue of devolution, we hopefully have a mayor in
Manchester. They will have a lot of money under their control and the
ability to raise those finances at a local level will be the way forward.
Let us look at the Guardian. Labour plan to borrow billions for
investment. Maybe that is not quite the headline that the shadow
chancellor was intending. He is promising iron discipline. Tell us
what he is going to do. I like this story. It is one that has been
bouncing around for months and months. They are talking about the
new fiscal credibility wall. The basic substance of it is that they
will borrow to invest, but they will balance the day-to-day budget. That
is pretty much something John McDonald has been saying since
October last year. There was a point when he said he was going to go with
George Osborne's fiscal charter, to balance the entire budget. He backed
away from it, causing confusion. He did then say he would balance the
day-to-day budget. There is not too much more going forward, but what
there is is a bit more bite to the office of budget responsibility in
terms of policing his fiscal. Whether that will come through,
whether it is enough to convince people that there is credibility now
is another question. Labour had a fiscal edibility problem under Ed
Miliband. Labour's problem goes further than that. They are still
trying to deal with this one bit, but they need to deal with robbers
of credibility before people think about the fiscal policies. But as
the Chancellor this is what he will concentrate on and it is an issue of
trust. This is not for the country, it is for everyone in the party.
People are lining up to take away his throne. Angela Eagle was
sidelined and is now business secretary. Rachel Reid is tapping
her fingernails in the back, and Dan Jarvis gave a wonderful talk today.
People are lining up with knives to put in John 's back. There is talk
of what economic policy Labour should have. John McDonald has been
doing the beetle of the country, speaking to Labour Party members.
People are saying he is gearing up for a potential future leadership
bid himself. Perhaps this is in saying he has a control on the
party's economic policies. Labour have not been on the front pages so
much of late. It has been the European Union and the
Conservatives. In The Times, President Obama blames David Cameron
for the mess left in Libya. This is the suggestion that David Cameron
was distracted and should have done more in Libya. This is an amazing
story. When you think about how relations are conducted between
leaders of the UK and the US, for the president to come out, and not
in and off the cuff way, but in an on record interview for an magazine,
to make these comments same David Cameron was distracted and the UK
was joined to be a free ride by not meeting is 2% defence budget, it is
quite a big thing for him to do and you can get the feeling this is a
president now who is liberated. The focus is on Trump and Hillary
Clinton and he is just letting loose. I do understand the White
House is making it clear that no, the special relationship is still
intact, it is fine. It is not that special boat, after this. David
Cameron was flanked by Nicolas Sarkozy talking about Libya, we are
your friends will always be here for you and as soon as we expect
democracy to fly, it flew away. There was that photo opportunity in
Benghazi when they came as liberators and gave a speech two
Libyans. But Lord Rifkind has said it is a bit of a cheek. We committed
more of our military resources than the US did. And now we are seeing
the fruits of this, are we not? We left the plug in Libya, but
unfortunately it is an open door. At the time when the French and British
intervened, there were senators, congressmen or in America who were
pushing a banner to say we need to take the lead in this situation.
This is where the world's police man should step in and make a mark, but
he did not want to get involved at that time. He did not want to get in
-- he did not want to put skin in the game. Perhaps they did get
distracted afterwards. The NewDay. Surprised by that
picture. I'm not sure. Breast cancer, beaten
in 11 days. Are there details as to how? It is the combination of twin
drugs. Herceptin, it carries a heavy load. And a new one that I cannot
pronounce. What we do know, however is how many
mothers, sisters, wives are challenged by breast cancer and how
many families are torn apart by this. It is the whole idea now that
we can have tailored drugs for each woman, for each family, no doubt,
that she comes from, is embedded in, and attack this cancer in 11 days by
using drugs we have in a different combination.
Herceptin works on the surface of Ken Adam Scouse drugs and the other
works beside the cell. I could not say hawker, hunter,
earlier. It is a great break through. Cancer
does attack young families, young lives. Grandmother, aunts, we have
all been know. It is great to know if we are faced with it, there is a
way forward. Finally, are the Camerons thinking
of staying on at Number Ten? We know he is going? I think so. If that
story was really what it was purporting to be it would be on the
front page, rather than a question on the front page.
So, what is the suggestion, he is leaving the option open to stay on
as the MP, if that is the case, you could be the Prime Minister? You
could be, Boris Johnson, Theresa May, in facts the entire party may
have something to say about that. I think he may be house hunting. It
is a play on words. We have a while to wait. That's it
for the front pages. Sophia and Joe are back at 23. 30, to have another
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