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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers


With me are Sue Matthias, of the FT, and James Millar,


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 are


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 reduced in a move that could clear the way


for George Osborne to cut taxes for the middle classes in the Budget.


The FT says Mr Osborne faces an ?18 billion black hole that has opened


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


Starting with a couple of stories to do with the economy. Firstly, the


FT. George Osborne faces ?18 million black hole is the headline. Before


Christmas we seem to -- seemed to be in a fine of the ball. Yes, and his


last statement was fairly generous. Now it has become quite awkward. ?18


billion, which sounds like quite a lot of money. As you say it has


opened up this black hole since then and what it means is that


essentially we will have to be back to austerity. Do we know why there


is this huge Blackall? The Blackall was there before Christmas. -- black


hole. It's just they didn't know it was there and he tells the


Chancellor how big the economy isn't all of this. Is it a he or she? It's


a heady. -- a he. And he has said the economy is 1% smaller than he


previously said, leaving the Chancellor with a bit of a problem.


It signalled the end to the worst of austerity. He won't be going back on


it immediately because there is an EU referendum insight and he is told


to not rock the boat. Happy days are still here for a little bit longer.


So do we just sit there with this debt? Waiting for it to happen, yes.


The interesting thing is that George Osborne has been in charge of the


economy for six years and it isn't actually fixed. He has had quite a


long run of this. It doesn't make him look very good. You just wonder


if the wind will start blowing the other way. Jeremy Auburn will --


Jeremy Corbyn will suddenly start looking good! In your opinion! He is


now talking about fiscal credibility. But George Osborne is


getting a kicking. Well, let's see whether The Daily Telegraph has a


different opinion. There are some winners and losers. Yes. The


Telegraph is broadly in favour of cutting welfare and tax breaks. It


doesn't sound like it. The devil is in the detail. The welfare cuts will


fall for disabled people. 600,000 disabled people will lose a portion


of their benefits, to save ?1.2 billion. This will increase the


threshold, which is something the Tories said they would do in their


manifesto. So it isn't going to kick in straight away. People will have


to wait for the change to their tax status. That's right. Really what


this is suggesting is that this is a trade-off. That he is handing the


middle classes or the lower middle classes a sweetener and that a lot


of disabled people will suffer as a consequence. So, again, a bad


headline for George. And something Labour can work with. You might


still not want to benefit on the backs of disabled people having


their benefits cut. It is quite a nice story in a way. The straight


story, in that your view on it depends on the views you bring to


it. The Telegraph pushing a particular point. The Guardian. A


permanent divide. Social mobility tsar warns of an existential crisis.


He has been looking at this for a while. Who are the real losers? The


Guardian has been following this story all week. In fact, they had a


massive splash at the beginning of the week. This so-called lost


generation. They are really, from this point of view, being shafted by


society in that they will... They will never probably be able to


afford to buy a home and employment is going to continue to be difficult


for them. Pensions when they are older. Any remedy suggested? Yes, go


and vote. This crazy idea, go out and vote. The reason the Chancellor


protects pensioners from austerity is because they vote for it. If you


don't like what's happening with young people, get out and vote and


then they will start paying attention to you, rather than being


millennial is. They aren't whining about being millennial is, this is


not something conjured up out of thin air. Absolutely not. They


should go and vote and they haven't been and we are just saying of the


EU referendum vote coming up, which will affect the prospects of a lot


of young people, most of them will be at Glastonbury and they won't be


voting. James is so miles how he says it but he is actually very


rude! I am not going to put it like that. They should go and vote! But


you could be a little gentler. The Daily Mail, migrant numbers. Tell us


the true numbers of EU numbers. Suggestions of the figures being


covered up. It isn't an especially new story. It is slightly


complicated. In terms of the figures, there a difference the


figures of the number of migrants and the numbers of national


insurance numbers given. That's because the office of national


statistics records the number of people staying for a year. Anyone


who turns up gets a national insurance number. So you're two


different things. I've got a Social Security number for America but I


don't live there. Yes, but the government has it within its power


to give out the figure for the number of active numbers. What is


the suggestion as to why they aren't giving it out? The suggestion is


that... Where is it... They haven't got time or it is too expensive to


do. Yes, it is such a big decision. What's the problem? People who have


and -- NI numbers, they weren't working on the black economy and are


properly -- probably only here for a short amount of time and they are


paying taxes, contributing. But they might be getting in work benefits.


There are couple of stories. The Daily Mail says the issues are


different, but the government can clear this up and I've not. That's


important. But the story about migrants claiming enormous amounts


of benefits has already been disproved. They are not. They are


contributing more in taxes than they are taking benefits. It's something


David Cameron wanted to bring back from the negotiations. Living on the


Daily Mirror. There's no actual substance to this story. Are ripped


stars driving meant to eating disorders? The suggestion that this


very muscular men are having a negative impact on the younger men,


boys, teenagers, who feel they also need to look like this. Well, I have


no idea whether this is true or not and whether the ripped stars are


having this effect, but it seems an arguable that more men are suffering


from eating disorders, whichever report you look at. And men are more


concerned, especially young men, maybe older men as well, are more


concerned with their looks, their physique. Whether it is these two


particular men, I don't know. That's just a handy picture. Even that, it


is almost a sign of the way things are going. The number of pictures


with pretty ladies on the front, and they put the ripped men on the


front... It is on the quality of us thought that we aren't necessarily


after. Exactly what feminists and suchlike didn't want or don't want,


which is to drag everybody down to the same level. It is about raising


everybody up. The Telegraph. Driverless cars heading to a road


near you soon. Not just cars, great big vehicles that travel in a long


line. Yes, they are all in line together but through the miracle of


technology they are observing proper, safe limits between them.


But how fast can a travel? No idea. As fast as you want to make them go.


They are talking about 50 mph, which keeps a short gap. There are drivers


present but they're not involved in driving until they leave the


motorway. Are you excited by this author of five? I am neither excited


or horrified. They are the only options I gave you! Please pick one.


I think driverless cars are the future. I think they raise all kinds


of incredibly interesting questions, such as who is liable. Is it the


robot? Is a technology? Or is it the human controlling it? Just do it and


see what happens. Don't worry about things like that. George Osborne is


featured in this story again. He is promoting this. Is he going to make


money out of it? He wants Britain to be the world leader in this


technology. Finishing with the FT. Demand increases for disgraced


insurance service. This is prompted by the Maria Sharapova testing


positive for a banned drug. The sponsors are having second thoughts


about whether they want to be associated with her.


This is about celebrities doing anything that will damage their


brand. If you have a celebrity, in this case Maria Sharapova, although


some of her sponsors are staying with her, but if you have a


celebrity who is endorsing your brand and then goes off and does


something incredibly damaging to the brand, such as, I don't know, taking


cocaine in nightclubs or whatever, then you can be insured against that


disgrace. I have never heard about that before. That is why it is


interesting is because it is new. And it is social media as well. Not


just taking drugs, but sending a tweet that is deemed a bit racist,


all of a sudden you have a nightmare run your hands. It perhaps applies


more in the entertainment industry, the music industry, where the


stars... You kind of want... The brand is almost hired them for those


bad boy, bad girl ideas. That is the Papers for tonight. It is lovely to


see you both, honestly, it really is. Up next, Sportsday.


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