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Hello, and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers
With me are the political commentator Jo
Phillips, and the political editor of the Sunday People, Nigel Nelson.
A different set of papers from the last hour.
They are all still dominated by Ian Duncan smith's resignation.
The FT says it's sparked a wider row in the Conservative party,
over the Prime Minister's and the Chancellor's style of Government.
"IDS twists the knife" is the Independent's take.
Criticisms by Mr Duncan Smith are described as the biggest challenge
to Mr Cameron's authority in his six years in Downing Street.
The i calls it the "explosive exit of a quiet man".
And the Express thinks that Mr Duncan Smith's
resignation is a "massive boost" to the campaign for
The Metro focuses on the former Work and Pensions
secretary's description of the Budget as "deeply unfair" for
The Guardian says the Conservatives "descended into
civil war" as a succession of MPs came out to support Mr Duncan Smith.
We mentioned it a few minutes ago the Times. The headline is Cameron,
I blame Osborne. Chancellor messed up cots. The Prime Minister told a
colleague, but we don't know which colleague. -- cuts. No, and that is
the point of it. This would be very significant because Cameron and
Osborne are together, together, together right the way through. This
would be, Blair and Brown all over again. It widens the gap into
something much more damaging. Damaging for the Prime Minister, but
also damaging for the Chancellor, who is already damaged by the
allegations from Iain Duncan Smith. Unless we know who said it, and
unless we know in what second sciences, it is difficult... --
circumstances. I'm not sure it rings true. How secure do you think George
Osborne is at number 11? I would think at the moment unity is all.
They are under such a cloud that George Cameron and David Cameron
have to tackle this head-on and together. The idea they are falling
out already would be a real problem I would think. I would imagine they
are thinking in terms of the Foreign Office being a good place to him
because it was considered before. Clearly George Osborne's chance of
becoming Tory leader has almost disappeared on the basis of this. A
shift for him might actually rejuvenate party fortunes. The
parties are saying civil war within the Tory party, worst in 20 years.
You have to feel that. Iain Duncan Smith's twists knife after budget
channels. He said it really wasn't to do with the EU, but a lot of
people say of course it was. Everything Iain Duncan Smith said,
if you take it at face value, is true. Of course he was angry about
his budget being raided at the Treasury. Of course he was angry
about disability cuts. But against the background of this, what he is
even more angry about is Britain staying in the EU. Brexit becomes
the most important thing for him, and the whole point of this exercise
was to try to inflict as much damage on George Osborne and David Cameron
because that is most likely to persuade the voters to vote to leave
Europe. Meanwhile in the daily Telegraph, we're told David Cameron
is fighting to save his party. We stand for compassion and one nation,
Cameron will insist, after Iain Duncan Smith sparks a Tory civil war
after accusing him of favouring the rich. He has to pull everyone around
him. Again, that is why I am slightly sceptical about the Times
story. He can't do this on his own. He has to do it, it is his
Chancellor. He might express frustration with George Osborne.
Yes, he could have. I am not saying it is not true, but that would be a
significant thing. But this is about going out and fighting to get back
to the one nation. What is interesting is the Tory party, in
fact James Forsyth wrote about this earlier, the Tory party is
incredibly united when it feels under threat from the possibility of
a Labour win. When they don't feel under threat from the Labour Party
or anybody else, the barbarians at the gate, a fracture. And they are
fracturing into bits. I suppose the thing is those bits have always been
there, but they have melded together. But the referendum is
bringing it out into the open. And in the daily Merit, top Tories at
all. -- Daily Mirror. Iain Duncan Smith reveals Tories target the
poorest because they don't vote for us. That is one of the things he
said today. This is crucially important and the point about David
Cameron's fightback in the House of Commons. Getting compassionate
conservatism back. What happened to big society? It was not a bad idea.
But so many of their policies have been divisive, like the bedroom tax
which breaks opportunities and therefore is opposite to the big
society. If the Tories are to get back on an even keel, that is where
they need to go. A lot of people thought the spare room subsidy was a
good idea. Why should people live in houses that are too big for them?
They know who their electorate is. I don't know how you people actually
supported that in the end. But by moving people out of communities,
that is anti- big society. That is what they have to get back to. You
could argue by moving people into smaller homes that allows other
people to move in, families. But you are breaking up communities of 28
years standing, and the whole point about big society is to get
communities back together. But I think is interesting is the
underlining criticism about the pensioners or older people. They
still get their non- means tested winter fuel allowance, and it is
always been so. Those people, older people, to go out and vote. Whether
they voted Tory or Labour, they do vote, and the real question is
whether they are not Tory voters, so are they likely to go out and vote?
It is quite interesting that we now know Iain Duncan Smith had that
argument with the Treasury and with number 10 about not taking too much
away from working benefits and going for pensioners. Let's move on. OK!
We could carry on with this for the whole review, but we will give you
some thoughts about Havana. The Obamas have arrived for this
symbolic visit. It is on the Huffington Post with the arriving at
force one. 88 years since a sitting American president arrived, at that
time by battleship -- Air Force One. You can't even begin to imagine what
it must look like to the Cuban people. To actually see Air Force
One on their television screens. A lovely photograph because it looks
humid and sultry unsexy and all of that sort of stuff. -- and sexy. It
is a great thing for him to do. Nothing much will come of it,
although one of the leading American hotel chains has already done a deal
to move in there. There is stuff going on with business, telecoms and
airlines. But it is very symbolic. The question is whether they will
dare to mention human rights. Everywhere President Obama goes he
is under pressure to raise them in some way. Let's do this
step-by-step. The first thing is, it is symbolic and there is great
symbolism. Since 1959, America and Cuba have been at odds. The idea
baking come together again is fantastic. -- baking come together.
Even just being a tourist. And gradually build that up. Some of the
streets have been painting and lightbulbs change. They have split
the place up a bit. It has to be good for the economy. -- spruced.
Public hit by 12 million daily nuisance calls by ambulance chasers.
That is a lot. These are solicitors. It is worth pointing out in the
interest of objectivity that this survey has been produced by an
insurance company, and they are basically saying the ambulance
chasing lawyers are pushing up the cost of car insurance, so we have to
put it in the context. I should think every single person watching
this programme has had one of those irritating calls, all those text
messages telling you about an accident you have not yet had. It is
all a bit worrying. But flippancy aside, there are rules. There is the
Telephone preference service. Referral fees were banned, but what
are the insurance companies going to do about it? The Telephone
preference service we have heard many times is overwhelmed with
people who want to sign up and it is not really very effective. That's
right. I do think another book needs to be taken at this. We all get
these things, the unsolicited texts, the phone calls. I don't get very
many of them, but the important thing is you must look at how you
prosecute the phones that do this. These calls have been traced back.
There are hefty fines out there. It is a matter of grabbing those
people. The easiest thing is to leave your phone off the hook. But
it is incrementally pushing up the entrance. -- insurance. These fake
claims were pushing up insurance premiums and causing accidents that
are very distressing and at setting for people. Finally, the daily
Telegraph. Don't bomb terrorists, ask them to come 40. This is the
latest joke from the Labour leader's office. --, for tea. If you
could have tea with terrorists rather than fighting them it would
be better, but of course you can't. This is someone from the ruling
National executive who has been dismissed as naive by Labour
moderates. But she says the answer is have a hub of tea with Islamic
State terrorists and it will all be fine. Would you? Probably not. It is
not terribly helpful. This is what Labour is in the paper for. They
need to get their act together. Maybe they don't need to bother at
the moment because the Conservatives have enough trouble of their own
that is self-made. Thank you,
Jo Phillips and Nigel Nelson. Coming up next,
it's The Film Review.