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weekend. Super league action and Ireland's fate. That is all in 15


minutes after The Papers. Hello and welcome to our look ahead


to what the the papers will be With me are Sue Matthias of the FT


and James Millar of the Sunday Post. The Times says Britain is suffering


from a sexting crisis with tens of thousands of schoolchildren


caught sharing sexual imagery online The Independent reports on warnings


that the North of England is in danger of becoming a cultural


wasteland as town hall leaders The Mail says the true scale


of immigration to Britain by EU citizens is being kept secret


by Government officials. The Telegraph reports benefits


payments to the disabled are to be cut in a move that could clear


the way for George Osborne to cut taxes for the middle


classes in the Budget. The FT says George Osborne faces


an eighteen billion pounds black hole that has opened up


in the economy since November. The Guardian reports on a warning


that Britain risks becoming "permanently divided" as a result


of intergenerational inequality. And the Sun has what it calls


an exclusive investigation into Victoria Beckham's


fashion company. A lot of focus on George Osborne


tonight. He might not like it. The Financial Times front page showing


no preference at all. George Osborne faces an ?18 billion Blackwall and


there are deeper spending cuts to come in the budget. Seems to have


got his sums wrong. It is a bit awkward. This is one of a number of


George Osborne related stories today and general budget related stories.


It has been discovered that the official size of the UK economy in


2015 was 1% smaller than they thought it was. That does not sound


a lot. It represents ?18 billion. How has he got it wrong? He will say


he hasn't got it wrong, it is the budget of fiscal responsibility that


come the predictions and they are to blame for the rubbish collections.


But then the Treasury has to find the money to bridge the gap? He


likes to fix the roof when The Sun is shining, but according to the OBR


The Sun was shining in the autumn and he did not fix the roof. It can


work the other way around. He can benefit from this. He did in


November when it turned out that he had more money than any had to he


did not have to cut the tax credits. This sounds like it is going to be


back to this territory and it is unfortunate really. All someone has


to imagine how George might be thinking about this, not the most


popular man in Britain next week probably. He might be with some


depending on what he chooses to do. The interesting thing is that there


are a few of these George Osborne stories around. Usually the Treasury


would be pumping out stories to every paper with its prebudget


teaser, but they do not seem to have done that, perhaps because of the EU


referendum, hence you get the stories that the newspapers, with


themselves and their choosing to kick George Osborne. The Daily


Telegraph looks at money in a different way. Welfare to be cut by


?1 billion to pave the way for tax breaks. On the one hand we have this


Blackwall but he thinks he can find another billion pounds to help the


middle classes. Usually the argument is is that if you give the money to


low paid people they will spend the money anyway. It is a bit of a


George Osborne kicking story but it depends on your point of view,


whether you are receiving welfare or you will be on the receiving end of


the tax break that probably determines how you approach this.


What is going to apparently mean is that he's going to raise the


threshold for 40p tax, so hundreds of thousands of people will be


pulled out of the higher tax rate. By raising that to ?50,000 is not


called to happen until 2020, so how that help now. He's trying to push


on with this because it was in the manifesto but I am wary of the idea


that the 40p tax rate is for the middle classes because the average


income is in the mid to high ?20,000. We're talking about the


squeeze middle, you're not rich when you are earning ?50,000 of the


people might like to earn that much. But in parts of the country that


amount of money is not huge. But affects hundreds of thousands of


people then that is substantial. This is being offset in The


Telegraph against potential enormous losses to disabled people. Disabled


people will lose our proportion of their benefit and they have already


seen it squeezed. He will reject the points system so that you get less


points if you need help going to the toilet or getting dressed. It sounds


like an unsavoury way to save money. Welfare has been kicked into touch


by the Lords, but they have been warned not to do the game. Yes. In


The Times, schools are hit by sexting academic. Children risked


damage. It seems that the argument here is that if there was better sex


education, mandatory sex education, they could address these issues and


warn children about the risks of getting involved in sending images


of themselves. There is one thing I don't understand first paragraph


refers to children sharing sexual imagery online. I thought sexting


meant sending pictures to each other. Once it is out there it can


end up online. They do define it as sharing the in mobile phone, WebCam,


or website. There have been experiments to show children if you


send a picture how far it can go and how quickly, but the worrying thing


is that it is not just children who are seen in some of these pictures.


It is tricky because as grown-ups we did not have sexting, and you think


it is a terrible thing. Rightly or wrongly, it is a normal thing. It


seems to be something that a lot of kids do. More than one in ten cases


involved an adult. A terrible story of the 16-year-old sharing a with


the paedophile and possible gang grooming going on. The numbers are


really large. 44,000 secondary school pupils in the last three


years. A teenager can end up with a criminal record, because it is


illegal to send these images, even if it is of yourself and is to


someone you know. They want schools to have to report it when they come


across it, at the moment it is at the discretion. It seems


straightforward, do mandatory sex education, but the government voted


it down recently. I struggled to see what the problem is. Does preclude


schools, even if they are not having to give sex education, they can


still talk about these issues, can they not? It would send a strong


message of the government said you had to do sex education. A pitcher


story now. The question that is posed is whether America is being


made to hate again after another incident of Valley -- incident of


violence at the Donald Trump protest. There are protests taking


place at some of his rallies, which are supposed to be peaceful but then


violence can flare. It is hard to follow and really understand. I


don't know quite what Donald Trump is about at the moment. The story


today seems to shows using supporters to jump in and have a


goal and the good fight, and at the same he is presenting, beginning to


present, are much more nuanced image. He is trying. It is open to


interpretation. He could be speaking metaphorically and saying stand up


for yourself. I'm trying to be generous. He did say there is land


his America that is quite inflammatory. If someone turns up at


his rally and shows something, and someone had the guy in the face. He


was interviewed afterwards and he said he deserved it and if he comes


back again he will kill him. There was a reporter who was verbally


abused as well by one of his officials. There is an area of the


bully about him and his campaign. It is going to be interesting to see


how that begins to develop as he moves towards the nomination. It is


tighter than we are led to believe. We can say with The Independent. The


betrayal of the North, it can be turned into a cultural wasteland due


to the closure of galleries and museums. Some difficult decisions


that councils have to make and it seems that museums could be for the


chop. George Osborne in the frame again here. It is his austerity


measures. They are forcing the slashing of the budgets. Museums are


closing their doors all over the North. There was a report earlier in


the week saying that he was going to allow higher council tax hills,


wasn't he? It would be up to a council tax to decide how to set the


level and spend the money. If they wanted to raise the taxes they would


have the money to save these resources. The northern powerhouse


needs to involve culture. A lot of people in Whitehall think the zero


is -- think that the North is a cultural badlands and when they


think of culture they think of London and the museums they like to


go to that get the attention. The northern powerhouse is centred on


Manchester, Leeds, not Durham and there is a number in here which is


worrying, in the small print here, that Durham County Council faces


cuts of more than ?370 million. That is a massive figure. Not all aimed


at the arts, but as a whole. The culture of the North is not purely


in their museums. What I'm trying to say is that the northern powerhouse,


that policy isn't evenly spread across the North. Finally, letters


look at The Daily Telegraph. Driverless cars in Haddington Road


near you soon, including heavy goods vehicles. All connected with one


driver. There will be a driver in his lorry. Not a driver, a person.


She will not actually be touchingly real. I think we should have robots


touchingly real. That is coming. How do these things work? Magic. It is


delivered cameras and lean fencing technology meaning the vehicles


follow each other. They maintain a safe distance between them. When one


stops the other stops. Robots are better than people at this sort of


stuff. The interesting question is who is liable if one of those things


cost of the serious accident? Sending robots to prison. We know


how well automated systems work in the studio with cameras doing their


own thing. Thank you for now. Thank you Sue and James,


you'll both be back at 11.30pm for another look at the stories


making the news tomorrow. But coming up next,


it's time for Sportsday. I'm Tim Hague and we have


plenty for you tonight. Rafael Benitez is named


the new manager, after Steve McLaren


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