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events from the Cheltenham Festival by Tom Scudamore won the big race of

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the day, the world hurdle. That is in 15 minutes after the papers.

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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be

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With me are Liam Halligan Economics correspondent at The Sunday

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Telegraph and broadcaster Penny Smith.

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We are going to kick off with the disability benefit story and some

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unhappy Conservative MPs. Compare and contrast the i. Osborne's

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enriches the 10% richest of households. You do wonder if anybody

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thought do you know what, this is a really bad idea, cutting taxes for

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the rich and taking all the money from the disabled, surely somebody

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somewhere said maybe not. Should we just not. It's Budget Day two, we

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have gone from do the numbers add up and will he get his selfless to the

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sugar tax, was it all a diversionary tactic to save ?1.3 billion, a hefty

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slice of cash but not much in the overall scale of public finances.

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What the government now has realised is that it only has a majority of 12

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and there are plenty of Tories, not the majority of course who are

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against Britain leaving the European Union, there could be a lot of

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trouble for the Chancellor, a lot of this has to be seen through the

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prism of the upcoming referendum and when you have Eurosceptic Tories and

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Labour MPs getting together, getting the Chancellor in Havelock, his life

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will be difficult. You said 300,000 people may be affected, and some

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interpretations and and the Telegraph it is more 640. They could

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have their so-called independence payments removed which for many is

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important. George Osborne has said overall spending on disability

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spending is going up and I quote, the most honourable people will be

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protected. The trouble is no matter which way you cut it, no matter

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which way you slice it, it would not have seemed quite so bad to so many

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people I am sure and he may well be able to spin it some other way

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except that it is the richest 10% of households which are getting richer.

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And that is the fundamental problem. It is a rapid retreat. They don't

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want to have anything kicking around that people can use to get angry in

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the to the referendum. If you are one of the third of British voters

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in filly the fence, this could be a reason why, I think it is out of

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order. There will be lots of people who are thinking I don't need the

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extra money at the expense of disabled people. Let's move on to

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new day. From the government 's point of view,... This is rather

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good women have paid out more than ?240 million in VAT in the last

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years another tampon tax is dead. This has come from Europe. It is

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very interesting. The EU has a rule that there should be a minimum of 5%

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VAT on everything and then for things that aren't we have to get

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waivers. Food medicine and other essentials. Until recently women's

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parts filly sanitary products were David Cameron has been to a European

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summit and he is saying to the people there, you have to give me

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something because it looks as though we can't control our own taxation

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ends products and it is not clear it will happen but it's seems to have

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support on this product. Also it is not that necessary to have a race

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for a man because many people don't use them. The hipsters. Once again

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the policies you will see up to June the 23rd will be seen through the

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prism. Staying with taxes, there might be another one on Kofi Kops?

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-- the cups? I didn't realise you couldn't recycle these paper cups.

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It is a blend of paper and plastic. Which makes it complicated and

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difficult. I have stopped using them since then because I thought if I

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have not got time to sit down and have a copy then I will make one

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when I get to work or when I'm sitting at home. There is a

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difference with a plastic bag tax because if you go into a supermarket

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buying if you did you don't necessarily need a bag but you do

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need a cup. What do you say put it in the pocket. You do need a

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receptacle of some description so will people carry around their own

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plastic cups in their bags's why not. It takes more room than a

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plastic bag stuck in your briefcase. In the olden days if you when forgot

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you would sit down and you would get a biscuit. Nowadays people expect to

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rush in, get their fix and rush out again and actually if you care about

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your coffee, have a quick espresso, Negi tank get out. Rory Stewart is a

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pretty clever guy, the environment minister. He is not somebody likely

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to have spoken completely off-the-cuff. He has put some

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thought into this. It is billions of cups that end up in landfills. Smell

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the copy. School parent governors. To be scrapped according to the

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front of the Guardian? I'm a school governor so I'm reading this

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closely. The rules as they currently stand there are slots on boards of

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governors specifically for parents, they don't have to bring any skills

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that they can be elected by other parents. In the new White Paper the

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Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has floated the idea that these roles

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may be abolished in favour of folk with specific skills that might be

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useful. That doesn't mean that parents can't be elected at they

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have to have some of those skills. That is a loss. That is a loss for

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the governance of our schools if a parent who is not normally in

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business but could have all kinds of interesting insights from outside

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the world of boardrooms and office politics cannot become a governor

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because a lot of these parents end up writing up the hierarchy to

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become chairs and deputy chairs. And what do they bring when they do all

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of that? General streetsmart in what kids need and want which people with

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lots of professional qualifications sometimes don't necessarily have.

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The union don't look happy on this. It has come hot on the heels of

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saying every school needs to be an academy so I imagine it is being

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knocked around from pillar to post. And six from colleges. We will have

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more time but for the moment, thank you both for coming. That is it for

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The Papers this hour. We are back in an hour's time. Stay with us.

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