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hear from India ahead of their first match tomorrow against the West


Indies. That's all coming up with me, Olly Foster, in the next 15


minutes after The Papers. Hello and welcome to


our look ahead to what the papers With me are energy correspondent for


the FT, Kiran Stacey, and head of The i leads on the shoot-out


in Brussels. Four officers were injured


when the raid went wrong, it says. One gunman is dead,


and two are on the run. The Metro says a police officer is


fighting for his life in hospital after the shoot-out,


and a terror suspect is dead. It says


the officers had expected the flat The Financial Times looks


ahead to tomorrow's budget. It says George Osborne will admit


he's broken his own fiscal rules, as he lays out a budget constrained


by slowing growth The FT calls it fiscal


claustrophobia. The Telegraph says


the Chancellor is putting education It says thousands


of schools will be able to open The New Day leads on the other


education story about plans for all primary and secondary schools


in England to become academies. It calls it the


Great British Schools Shake-up. The Independent says Western powers


believe Russia is preparing to ditch its support for President Assad,


as part of a deal to end the Syrian It says Moscow could be ready to


force the Syrian leader to allow The Guardian reports that the Church


of England is changing the way it deals with allegations


of sex abuse, in response to And the Express says there are fears


that the UK's baby boom could put It says official figures show that


one in six of all all births in the European Union took place


in Britain. We will start with the schools story


on the front of the Times, school dei extended in one point five


Billion Drive for success, it in tandem to make all schools and


academies -- schools extended -- billion drive. It would take it out


of local authority hands and give power to the groups running these


academies. What the Times and the Telegraph have picked on, the


eye-catching measure to get one quarter of schools to pay them to


open an hour longer to keep kids there and to allow them to stay


until 4:30pm, with a great quote from the Chancellor, talking about


the end of the Victorian finish time of 3:30pm, which will come as a


relief to working parents. It is supposed to be one of those measures


that denotes that we have a school system that is very serious, that is


there to push British kids right to the top of the international pack,


whether it will work or not and what they will do in that extra hour, I


am not sure, but I imagine it will be quite popular with a lot of


parents. Yes. The suggestion that all schools should become


academies, that is a drive towards a different kind of schooling that is


for a minority of schools at the moment, and for schools that are


failing primarily. Is it really going to be successful for every


school? It won't be successful for every school. It is quite a big


experiment, this idea of empowering the hands of academy chains. It is a


sense of local communities, parents, church groups being able to have


their own say over not just how the school is run but the curriculum and


what students learn. It is a real change. And is the idea of


lengthening schools. We have seen the Far East, with results we are


jealous of, especially in maths, and feepaying schools have longer hours


as well. When we have failing schools, there are have had to be


people stepping in. We might see that going forward. This is


something the government will push hard. By 2022 they will all be


academy schools and if not they will be taken over by force. The end of


comprehensive education as well. I don't think the idea is... It is not


supposed to be some kind of selective measure. What has been


happening so far is that a lot of schools that have become academies


have got a bit of a boost, they get a bit of cash for it, they might


also get a bit of publicity, the confidence boost, sometimes teachers


like it, sometimes they don't. But what it has meant is sometimes


parents have quite successful children, quite well off families,


have wanted to send their kids to academies instead of local


comprehensives but the question is whether it can work? We will move


onto the Financial Times. George Osborne to break second promise in


budget of fiscal claustrophobia. They mean there is not a lot of


money, George. He is skint. He is. In spite of a set of quite stringent


laws and rules and aims and targets. We have not seen very good


productivity. The world economy is in a tricky position. It has been


put in an ?18 black hole. He announced to the BBC the extra ?4


billion of cuts to departments in 2020. This says he has missed his


meeting, the welfare spending, when he U-turn on tax credits, that big


moment. This story says he will cut debt as a share of GDP. His target


is to run a surplus in 2020. Something we have to bear in mind is


his playing to the instability of the economy is playing towards him.


As we come towards the EU referendum, those who are pro-


Brexit lose out with this sense of uncertainty. There is a sense he is


pushing this line. If the Tories can say, you are safer with us, it could


be worse than this, then they are stronger. But have you tried to push


the austerity message and that cuts message, if the reason you are doing


this is to hit fiscal targets, but you are missing every one of them.


George Osborne has a speciality of missing his own fiscal targets it


last parliament regularly. When he first came in he said he would


balance the books by the end of a certain period of time and that


period of time kept being pushed back every year. He said, by the


next period of time and then again. The same thing is happening here. He


has learnt he is not taking any punishment for it. The Tories had


been elected with a majority government. It helps him in a way.


He says, things are tough but the alternative would be worse. Labour


have failed to pin him down and prove to the voters that the


alternative would improve things. The Independent - Russia is set to


ditch Assad. It seems quite clear and has been Lee for a long time


wait was involved in Syria, with nothing to do with Assad and more to


do with the Kremlin. He never ceases to surprise us. He got his fingers


and indeed the whole of Russia in on this conflict in a very powerful


way. At the same time, instead of targeting ISIS, hitting those


pushing against Assad. He was a real ally of Assad. Suddenly, yesterday,


he pulls the troops out. Massive boost to the peace talks but I don't


know if we can trust anything he says. This story is saying that the


West is pinning their hopes on the idea that he has stitched Assad.


Houthi new leader could be is such... No one could step in -- to


the new leader could be. He just can't afford the war he is waiting


in Syria. He has Ukraine to contend with as well. I don't know what


could happen going forward. The plan was for elections in Syria next


year, hopefully. Whether it is possible, we don't know. It could


change the landscape. Yes, it would. But of course, whoever replaces


Assad would have to be someone who is friendly with Russia. Well,


someone who would be acceptable to Russia and the US. And European


powers as well. I struggle to think who it would be or how it would


work. It would be a country in civil war, whoever takes over. So much of


the country still under the rule of Islamic State, even if you sorted


out the Assad faction... And moderate Sunni rebels opposed to


Assad as well. We constantly misread what Putin is trying to do. When he


went in, commentary was saying what he was doing was making sure Assad


stays in power. I think he changes his mind about what he is trying to


do. There is a sense he is just annoyed with Assad and that he is


not doing what Moscow tells him to do, so he is willing to cut his


losses. He has achieved embarrassing the west. He has attacked Sunni


rebels and the West has not defended those moderates, so he has caused a


division between the West and the allies in Syria, and achieving that


he is now happy to step back. The suggestion is President Assad was


buoyed by the fact his forces have taken back territory, helped with


airstrikes from the Russians, and has played The Hard Man that the


peace talks, saying they won't negotiate with this or that rebel


group. Well, now they have been forced into a position where they


might have to make deals they did not want to originally. Possibly.


Everybody is so compromised that Putin gets away with it because of


that. Every one has performed U-turns, the UK, the US, Europe. No


one is sure which way to go. He can play the strongman. He has brought


Europe to crisis point. Look at Angela Merkel and how destabilised


she is. We just had the elections last weekend. There was some very


strong quotes from the Nato chief in Europe a couple of weeks ago saying


he is weaponising the migrant crisis, Putin, to destabilise


Europe. That narrative rings true. And it that he is funding anti-


Merkel agendas in Germany and across the continent, which is part of his


political game. Interesting. The Guardian, sex abuse case forces


Church of England to overhaul rules. You might have felt like you have


heard this before. So many sex abuse cases have rocked the Church of


England. This one stands out. A gentleman in the 1970s, a child at


that point abuse by two senior clerics, he tried to raise the


issue, and it reaches 2014 and last year, he is trying to talk to the


Archbishop Justin Welby's office and he is being ignored. They are so


worried by the financial fallout of him suing that they are ignoring


him. This was revealed in a report commissioned by the church but it


shows they are still not and don't know how to deal with child sex


abuse. This is not something they can say they didn't deal with in the


70s, the 80s and the 90s. They are going to overhaul the rules? Yes.


There are some recommendations. They say they will listen more carefully


and the victim has to be at the centre of everything. It will feel


mealymouthed. We need culture change. That cannot be done on


paper. I just watched Spotlight, fantastic film about child abuse in


the Catholic Church, and it is so interesting, these parallels you


see, with the cover-up. Still, now, uncovering these things we did not


know existed. This reminds me of great corporate scandals, when the


first thing management does is call in lawyers, and the lawyers say


don't say anything. So, they shut up shop, and that can make the


situation worse. Don't listen to lawyers. That is life advice. Just


giving messages cost charities millions in tax. This will upset a


lot of people. This is an extraordinary story I had not heard


of before. Apparently, what's been happening is, this is what


JustGiving is, you can go on a website, you can quickly raise money


by following a link and pledging money. It is a business, by the way,


not a charity. Apparently, what has been happening is there is tax


relief on charitable donations, and JustGiving has been going around


removing gift aid if someone has signed it for more than one person.


One of the rules about tax relief is it has to relate to one donor, one


National Insurance number. JustGiving has been removing that if


for instance you sponsor your friend for a marathon and you said, from


Ciaran and Fay, they say, that's more than one person, we will take


it off -- Kiran. They say that this is because they have been told to


buy HMRC, and HMRC says it has nothing to do with them. -- by. If


it is the HMRC, they are pushing at the wrong end of thing. Oh, yes.


Let's not mention apple or Facebook. You are taking some grainy's name of


50p given to a charity?! -- Apple. I love this story, why do TV chief put


the male presenter on the left of the sofa? Louise Minchin! LAUGHS.


Louise Minchin, if you are watching the TV, she is always on the right,


and Dan, as was Bill Turnbull, is on the left, and the left tradition has


been seen traditionally as the most senior position. And Louise is angry


about this. She looks angry. I don't work in broadcasting so I don't know


this, but the theory is your eyes go to the left first and then to the


right, so that would be white you are the most important person --


why. I don't think normal viewers know this. Maybe they do it some


consciously. In the papers we have the same thing. The right-hand page,


when you turn, you open, you see the right-hand page first, so you put


the most important story there. And we put men only on the right-hand


page and women on the left. LAUGHS. I would point out that you are on


the left. And on the news channel we swap the men and women around each


day. We are totally, totally PC. Everybody else, sexist pigs!


LAUGHTER. Eamon Holmes, ITV, we've got ITN


News. All of the men are on the left. Interesting, Dan Walker is new


and Bill Turnbull was very experienced. Dan Walker should have


the poor position. They are both good friends of mine, so I'm not


saying anything. You will both be back, I hope, at some point in


future, to discuss much more on the papers.


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