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Papers. Hello and welcome to


our look ahead to what the papers With me are the barrister and


broadcaster Sophia Cannon and Joe Watts, who's political correspondent


at the London Evening Standard. The Times leads with what it calls


the "extraordinary attack" by President


Obama on David Cameron over Libya. In the Guardian, Labour's pledge to


borrow billions of pounds to spend on public investment projects,


combined with "iron discipline" Comments by the Archbishop


of Canterbury that Britain has a genuine and justified


fear of mass immigration make The Telegraph leads with


the resignation of the chairman of the House


of Commons Standards Committee. The i reports that George Osborne is


to pave the way for inflation-busting rises


in council tax. The European Central Bank's interest


rates cut makes the lead story A daily vitamin drink costing ?3.50


could help slow the progression of early onset Alzheimer's disease,


according to the Daily Express. New Day says that a new


combination of breast cancer drugs We haven't seen a lot of labour


macro on the papers of late. What they are back on the Guardian. --


Labour. The pledge of AU indiscipline. -- iron.


McDonald is being very wise. After the election, it is clear the


Conservatives didn't win it and the Labour lost it on the issue of


fiscal credibility. He is trying to say that he will balance the budget


in five years and moreover he will borrow money and spend that an


investment. So it says there will be no shortcut for regaining financial


credibility with the electorate. We have a long way to go before we can


regain the trust that was lost after the financial crisis of 2008, which


happened on Labour's watch. There is no silver bullet. It is key that


Labour also has other people who want to be the Chancellor. We have


Rachel Reeds, Angela Eagle and today we had Dan Jarvis talking about how


he would do it better. Can Labour balance the budget? I hope so.


Labour have addressed this in the past and acknowledged that they have


to rebuild trust over the economy. Absolutely. If you look at how far


behind George Osborne and David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Ed Balls


were on economic credibility, they were quite a long way behind. But


McDonald and Corby are even further behind. The report into why Labour


lost the election raised this issue quite broadly. One of the things it


said was that Labour should never have given up the fight about


allowing the Conservatives to pin the blame for the economic crash


onto Labour and a lot of people said Labour should have fought back of a


lot more harshly. It is interesting to hear McDonald say that it


happened on their watch. He is not quite accepting any responsibility,


but he says, look, we were there, it was our watch and to that extent we


do bear responsibility for the time that it happened. To what extent is


what he seemed slight revision of what he has previously said about


how or we balance the books and over what timescale? In terms of talking


about how he would balance it, it isn't too far different from what we


have said before. They have been talking about balancing the


day-to-day budget and about a link to invest before. I think the


difference is that he is talking about it happening over on


Parliament, says there is more meat on the bones, he is talking about


giving new tough powers to the AB are hold the government to account.


-- ABR. The report to Parliament, rather than the government. And if


the ABR thinks the government isn't being credible or is pushing the


boundaries of borrowing then it can raise the alarm. So there are few


new measures, whether it works or convincing the public is another


thing. But you've got to start somewhere. Let's look at Obama on


the Independent. It says Obama savages Cameron over Libya, blaming


France and the UK for not doing enough to stop Libya turning into a


mess. I would love to be a party to the communications that are whizzing


across the Atlantic as we speak. Downing Street must have been taken


completely by surprise. It was an interview given to a magazine, it


wasn't some off-the-cuff or overheard remark. It is right up


there. This is Obama saying exactly what he thinks in public. It is


quite an unusual thing for a sitting president to do. This was a Game of


Thrones, House of Cards full frontal attack in writing. You can imagine


the hotline between the US and the UK Robert Aleem burnt through. --


probably burnt through. It is unprecedented for him to put the


boot to Prime Minister while they are both in office. Even though this


issue of Benghazi has its own echo in the States, what the president is


saying is you showed up to the game and walked away at half-time and


look at the mess and we laid firmly at your door. This is savage. Well,


the White House has told the BBC, they are keen to make it clear, that


the United States deeply values the special relationship with Britain.


This was just hours after the criticism. For David Cameron, he has


a lot going on domestically at the moment. The next election is a while


away. Bat Francois Hollande has an election coming up. -- But. This


could be a real kick in the teeth for him. The youth think this


matters to the French people? They know France was involved in the


airstrikes. The thing is, if people join the dots about what happened in


2011 to what happened in France in 2015 and the current crisis, which


is knocking on the door of Europe, yes, I think Hollande could be in


trouble. But there was a lot of commentary about the fact that


President Obama hasn't got involved to the extent that a lot of people


would have liked him to in problems in the Middle East. He made it


clearly wasn't going to, didn't he? You could understand I suppose, not


necessarily here in Britain, but you could understand his frustration,


but America has asked to do so much and Brits -- and gets criticised


when they do it. They were trying to make sure they weren't getting too


big for their boots with China. They have left a lot to the Europeans to


sort out. This is him saying, look, you haven't cut the mustard. Moving


onto the Telegraph. Cash probe. Labour MP stepping aside and the


Telegraph says it is because of an investigation that they've held into


events at Parliament. This is all wonderfully incestuous, how the


common standard system works. We've got this commissioner who has made a


complaint about how an MP has acted. One of the MPs on that panel has now


had a complaint made about them to the commission. The commissioner is


now investigating him and will go back to the panel that he sits on.


What is his name? Kevin Barron. He has stepped aside, not stepped down.


Legally, the overarching issue is whether Parliament is suffering and


equally whether MPs should regulate themselves. Because some members of


this body are not MPs and whether they should have a right to


adjudicate upon naughty MPs, and bring them into line. This has been


questioned. At the moment they are merely advising and they don't have


any right on that panel. Lord Lester, a very famous QC, is looking


at this whole issue of whether Lady members of this panel can regulate


their MP peers. -- lay members. The issue of sleaze was raised in the


90s. That's right. The whole issue is that recently we had Sir Malcolm


Rifkind and Jack Straw saying laws were barred by this issue as well.


It was pertinent and a question that is going to come back time and time


again. The Daily Mail. Outrageous to dismiss the public's concerns. A


warning that the Archbishop of Canterbury says, it isn't right to


fear migration. It is we need to address the questions raised by


migration head-on. If you look at what has happened over the past 20


years, there are many people out there saying it is the fact that the


fears haven't been addressed that has led in the UK and around Europe


to the rise of more marginal political groups. Because they are


the people who are talking about immigration first when the


mainstream parties perhaps weren't addressing the fears that people


had. So this is the Archbishop sort of coming to this debate now. What


he is saying is saying isn't particularly controversial. Other


people have saying we need to address these fears. As Johnson has


been talking about it. -- Boris Johnson. But he is the Archbishop


and it is important that he is giving voice to this issue. I am


obviously the daughter of an immigrant. The debate goes way


back, it goes back until... It is the issue that Englishness, is it so


essential that it would be destroyed by immigration? Is it really saying


that? Or is it about the practical issues of if you have tens of


thousands of people arriving all at one time where do they live? Where


do they go to school? I agree. It is perfectly normal to feel that you


love parts of your country and your heritage and when there is a


fundamental change, paradigms shift, which happens all at once, that is


normal to react in a way that you would be concerned or worried. -- a


paradigm shift. That is normal and I agree entirely with the Archbishop.


Let's have a look at the Sun. These are pictures of Madonna on stage,


suggesting she had been drinking, but we don't know whether she had.


And the story is around access to two of her children. Yes. I think,


like most mothers, we would be conflicted with this story. First of


all, her sons are based overseas, one is adopted, money is adopted, on


his/her own son, and it is this idea of how children change. -- one is


her own. It is how you deal with this in modern families. I have a


lot of sympathy for Madonna. I don't think it should be played out in


public and I certainly don't think it would be right for me to comment


any further. No, and of course it's a horrible matter and it is a rather


lurid headline. But behind it a family in a great deal of pain. Yes.


It shouldn't necessarily be completely played out in public, but


then again Madonna is there onstage talking about it. These days


especially people do kind of live their lives through celebrities,


when celebrities go through something people relate to it and


talk to -- about it more. Maybe one thing that will come out of it is


people will talk more about this custody battles and that could be a


good thing. The Times. Firstly, Cambridge students in political


correctness row. There were supposed to be students at Pembroke College


who are going to hold a themed party but decided against it. Why was


that? There is a strange atmosphere in universities at the moment,


whether people are being too politically correct about issues. We


obviously had the thing with Cecil Rose and at Cambridge we have the


issue of the bronze chicken, but I think was taken from Nigeria and


they were talking about sending it back. -- that I think. There's


nothing wrong with holding a party based on around the world in 80 days


but given there is this atmosphere at the moment, the potential for


offence was so great, but they just called it. The offence was supposed


to because the buy dressing in costumes of different cultures. One


of the first memories I have is of dressing in national costume. What


it is one thing to get your national costume and another to dress in


another's cultural costume. I like to dress my twins as a cowboy and


native Indian. You do? Not any more. It is not seem to be politically


correct. But an Indian headdress on a child, unless they are a native


American. -- don't put. This is music to my ears! I think we have


some breaking news in a second. I shall have a look at that in a


moment. Staying with the Times. A picture of a little dog. It is


called" -- called 'Stupid Dog Picture'. This one has its hair in


curlers. It isn't so stupid. Culturally insensitive, I'm sure! It


is the whole idea that when you turn to social media people in equal


numbers talk about their dogs, their cats and their children. It's a


multi-million pound industry and moreover people want to know which


breed is this and who is doing what. But it isn't a lot of dignity


for that dog. No, but it brings in the billions like to watch and


equally like to see what happening. I have a crossbreed, formerly known


as a mongrel. She would not take kindly to that happening. Thank you


both for looking at the papers for us tonight. A bit of breaking news.


The former US presidential candidate Ben Carson has announced that he is


going to endorse Donald Trump in his race for the White House. That's


just come to us via Reuters, quoting the Washington Post. The former US


presidential candidate Ben Carson will endorse Donald Trump. Coming up




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