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from the Cheltenham Fosterville. Thistle Cracker won the big race of


the day. That is all coming up after The Papers. -- Cheltenham Festival.


Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers


With me are Liam Halligan, economics correspondent


at the Sunday Telegraph, and broadcaster Penny Smith.


The Financial Times leads on the aftermath of the budget.


It says George Osborne is facing a rebellion among Conservative MPs


over his ?1 billion cut to disability benefits.


The Telegraph has 'Tory rebellion on welfare cuts', as its top story.


It says backbenchers are threatening to block the Chancellor's plans to


limit benefits for 640,000 disabled people.


The Mirror says there is open rebellion in the Conservative Party


Its banner headline reads, 'Tory revolt at disabled benefit cut'.


The Metro leads with a different treasury story.


A warning from the environment minister


Rory Stewart that the government might introduce a coffee cup tax.


It says there's concern over the billions of cups which end up


New Day leads on the death of the tampon tax.


It comes after British women have paid ?240 million in VAT on sanitary


It says paracetamol has been proven to be useless for sufferers


Let's have a look at some of those. The Telegraph. More details that


Tory rebellion. The second day of the budget. Some aspects of the


budget are unravelling. The government has a small majority in


Parliament, just 12, we sometimes forget that. There's now alliance of


some Tories, eurosceptics and Labour backbenchers who are punishing the


Chancellor for taking the relatively small amount of money, ?1.3 billion,


but a huge amount of money for the people it affects, around 640,000


disabled people. Their personal independence payments are being


phased out and he faces a rebellion. I suspect we will see a quick


retreat on this, given that the government won't want to give anyone


excuse to keep them. But it might not necessarily be to do with the


eurosceptics. It might be because people don't think it is a decent


thing to do when the taxes are being cut for the wealthy are 5% or 10%.


This isn't the right thing to be doing for people who can't work. If


there was going to be a rebellion this will happen quicker. We have


Tory Eurosceptics and backbenchers who see an opportunity to exert


power and that's what they're doing. But it might not just be because of


that, it might be because it is also about saying this is not a decent


thing to be doing. Especially when as you look on Independent we the


wealthiest 10% by far being the biggest beneficiaries. That is


at... The poorest in society. Today, the ISS... IFS, a respected think


tank, have laid into the government. Stronger than I have ever seen them


do. They have particularly highlighted what they see as the


regressive nature of Parliament's package of measures, especially the


increase in the higher rate threshold to about ?45,000. George


Osborne would say, as he did in the budget, the richest 1% of people pay


28% of income tax, which is higher than during the Labour years. A lot


of rich people have benefited, as John McDonald said, we had lower


capital gains tax and so on. As Penney says, the top 10% of people


gained more than ?250 a year and the next richest gained ?150 from this


package. Which is next to nothing for them and would mean quite a


lot... There's a gentleman who says George Osborne doesn't have to


worry, I do. This is a man who worried he might not be able to


afford to replace his wheelchair. And overall spending on those


payments is going up and the most vulnerable would be protected. That


is the argument that he will maintain in the Commons. While he


turns it around. But the political optics look bad. As Labour are doing


now quite effectively, they are linking to get the places where


there have been cuts and linking together places where there have


been... They say clearly this paid for this. No matter which way you


look at it, it is taking cake from the people who can't afford...


Penney, better news if the government is looking at the The New


Day... This is the story that VAT is going to go. Well, it appears it


will. On sanitary products. Although, I did look at that picture


and think, they look like world up ropes. Anyway, British women have


paid out more than ?240 million in VAT over the past 15 years on the


basis that these are not necessities, unlike razors for men.


This is a bit of a nerdy story, but very symbolic. The EU has a rule


that you have a minimum VAT rate of 5% on everything. That dates back a


long time. Yes. If you want zero rated goods like food, like


medicine, you have to get wages. Razors have been seen as essentials


for quite a long time and women's sanitary products haven't. That's


been righted now. The British government is reporting that


European Parliament have agreed to put a statement of support for UK


adjustment into the summit communique. Whether or not it


actually amounts to a deal, there is some room for manoeuvre. It is


interesting with all of this political clout. The disability


benefit remains on one side... And also the forthcoming referendum.


Yes, of course. You used the word prison one hour ago? -- prism. You


have to look at it through the prism of the referendum. You should have a


necklace with a prism on it, through which you can look at everything!


For the next three months. Let's have a look at The Daily Mail. We


touched on this one hour ago we touched on this one hour ago in


paper. The coffee cup tax, which is being mooted. They are talking about


a Tory wall. It is amazing. Up until a few days ago, when I saw it in the


papers, I hadn't thought about it. The plastic bag tax. Every where I


go, I think, have people stopped buying plastic bags? I have the


little foldaway bags all the time, but I've been using those of course


for years! You were way ahead of this. So ahead! But I always ask,


has it worked? They all say it has. So many people say that... The


retailers say they are issuing 80% less plastic bags, so less plastic


that end up in the sea or in landfill. The Environment Minister,


who is a clever bloke, floated in the Commons today the idea of


something similar on coffee cups. The idea of getting coffee but not


in a disposable cup. In the last couple of hours we've just had the


fizzy drinks tax, the food industry is very powerful and the government


needs their support on June 23, if you are looking through the prism of


the referendum. Is it just about the referendum prism? So let's just say


she is pouring cold water into the coffee. Some people are posting the


coffee cup tax. It does make sense. Billions, this tidal wave of


rubbish. And these cops are made out of a blend of cardboard and plastic.


Apparently they are hard to recycle. So this raises the question, is it


to raise funds or stop doing things? A bit of both. The sugar


tax, the government said they wanted people, especially kids, to drink


less fizzy drinks, but that hasn't stopped the chancellor pencilling in


?450 million from this thing by... In the first year of operation. So


he's presumably assuming that it won't work. The law of unintended


consequences properly means people will just eat chocolate instead, or


chocolate milk. What do you think about the chocolate tax? Well, it


probably would help me out. I would go onto toffee apples! You are


head-on plastic bags but falling behind on chocolate. Yes. The


Guardian. I know this has caught your eyes. I am a school governor.


What do you bring to the party? I tell the jokes, of course. In the


government education white paper, Nicky Morgan the education secretary


has apparently put the idea out there, it is obviously a white


papers or doesn't mean it is law or will become law, that the slots on


the boards of governors of schools reserved for parents, who don't


necessarily... They aren't necessarily lawyers or accountants,


just parents who are elected by other parents, those slots could be


scrapped. I think that's a shame. It would mean if you want to be on the


board of governors as a parent you would have to bring tangible


professionally recognised skills, like accountancy or the law. What a


shame. There are certainly parents out there who make school governors


and they're not professionally qualified. They just understand


children. Yes, and also perhaps bring something else, for example


they might have a different take on all sorts of things like sports.


Indeed. I wonder why the government is doing this. More accountants? It


will be interesting to see where this one goes. Take us to the inside


of the Mail. It is on the front page as well. Our last days of laughter


and ice cream by Paul Daniels. His wife was his former state


assistant. 20 years younger and at the time that caused eyebrows, the


age difference, and of course we all remember that interview when she


said, what first attracted you to the millionaire Paul Daniels? Debbie


has been talking about him and saying that he always made her


laugh, they loved every single day and he loved people and he was... He


was a really... She talks about how lovely he was and how the last 48


hours he was kind of underwear. She said he was happy, and confused. --


kind of unaware. It was a moving interview. He was born in


Middlesborough. Probably quite a lot of people wouldn't have known that.


28 years together. She said they had a marriage that everyone dreams. It


was a lovely interview. One of those people who had been on the


television screens for about 25 years. So many years. Lots of


magicians are quoting him as the person who inspired them. That was


the other thing that has been touched on in interviews.


We will close with the Egyptian queen story you wanted to mention? A


tiny bit of the Telegraph? They have scanned the tomb of Tutankhamen and


they have found that almost certainly, there would be other


areas there behind the chambers. Two hidden chambers which may well be


their resting place of queen Nefertiti, the legendary beauty and


the wife of Tutankhamen's father. It is always odd, because when you say


the mum, she is also a mummy. But how exciting is that? And unsealed


by a British archaeologist, Nicholas Reeves. British archaeologist also


unearthed Tutankhamen originally. Thank you very much. Coming up next,


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