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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.


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