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


in the morning. Joining me is the political correspondent at the


Evening Standard and the broadcaster John Stapleton. Welcome. A look at


those front pages first. The FT is saying that the new Work and


Pensions Secretary, Stephen Crabb, stunned Parliament by suggesting the


government's welfare crackdown was at an end. The ice is the welfare


U-turn has fostered the Budget and that Mr Osborne's plans lie in


ruins. -- The i says. The teenager jailed for the


manslaughter of PC David Phillips yelled "Watch this" before he ran


over the police officer. The paper says the jurors were not told that


beforehand. That story also leads in the Daily Mirror. It says the young


daughter of the police officer begged her mother to bring him home.


And how she dreams that her husband is still life is in the New Day. The


cost of investigating child abuse has gone above ?1 billion a year,


according to the Times. The mail calls the end of operation midland


without any prosecutions a humiliation for Scotland Yard. We


will cover most of those in the next 15 minutes. Let's start with the FT.


The coverage of Tories, and welfare cuts, and what they are describing


as turmoil. It is astonishing, really. When you think back a week


ago to the eve of the Budget, and the one thing George Osborne had to


do was to deliver a safe Budget, non-confrontational, keep his


backbenchers happy, given there is so much banks than division going on


over the referendum, anyway. But that hasn't happened. The last few


days gives you prove it hasn't happened. And what was branded a


Budget shambles last time with the tax credits cuts. With the tax


credits U-turn after it was defeated in the House of Lords. That's almost


pales into insignificance with the resignation of the Work and Pensions


Secretary. Touring and for between the government, between Cameron and


George Osborne, IDS on the other, and it all blowing up today with the


Conservatives this afternoon in the House of Commons. -- toing and


froing. The FT reports that there is unlikely to be any other welfare


cuts other than those announced. But are there? To make ends meet, to


make sure the figures stack up. I came away from this puzzled. He


created a clear impression there would be no more welfare cuts within


this Parliament. But within a short time I was hearing his department


saying, hang on, he is saying there are no plans for welfare cuts, which


is a different thing. There are no plans at the moment. There could be


some in 18 months. They want to keep their options open. It could be a


further shambles. The government will not be coming forward with any


further... Exactly, and some have already been announced, which due to


the implement it. The big problem this creates is George Osborne had


banked on welfare cuts providing ?4.4 billion worth of savings.


Already having missed one or two of his three fiscal rules, he is now


desperate to meet the last one for the economy to be in surplus. How do


you fill the shortfall? Where is it going to hit? Councils, policing?


Are they going to come forward with more welfare cuts? The Budget is


huge for welfare. Will the government finally decide they will


have to that have other aspects of the welfare system? One of the


criticisms from Iain Duncan Smith over the weekend was they seemed


prepared to cut from the most needy in society, the disabled, but not


looking at the perks for those who can afford it. A good quote from the


new Work and Pensions Secretary, behind every statistic there is a


human being, and perhaps sometimes in government we forgot that. It is


a bit late. I was in the House of Commons and that was met by a feud


guffaws on the opposite benches. Exactly. -- few. George Osborne and


Iain Duncan Smith were nowhere to be seen.


Take us to the Telegraph, John. They are sticking with the same topic.


But interestingly the Mayor of London has had something to say.


Yes, Boris Johnson, she spends a lot of time following him.


Professionally speaking. Guess, not a super fan, professionally. He


branded the welfare cuts a mistake. -- yes. While we only hearing this


now from Boris? Why didn't the signal his disquiet about this? As


one could say about Iain Duncan Smith. He supported this proposal,


apparently, didn't say anything when the government hinted at the back


end of last week they would be withdrawing it. Then suddenly, at


the very end of the week, says sorry, I have had enough, I am


going. Why didn't any of them come out and say they were against it?


Tiny, positioning. It is also about personalities. The Daily Mail


pointed that out today. And a few hours after, I interviewed Boris


Johnson, and the topic didn't come up. We are talking about housing,


business rates, and the ship attacks. He didn't mention it. And


there are rumours that he has been away this weekend. -- sugar tax.


Being away has never stopped Boris Johnson. I think it is fair to say


that Boris's decision to weigh in now will depend on how low George


Osborne's stock goes. I am referring to your reference of personality in


politics. This is about the context now for the leadership of the


Conservative Party. In some quarters there is a feeling that irrespective


of the outcome of the referendum David Cameron will face a leadership


battle. As a keen observer, would you reckon George Osborne's chances


of the leadership are dead and buried? I wouldn't say dead and


buried. Boris Johnson and George Osborne have gone up and down.


Certainly in the past George Osborne has hit problems with previous


budgets but managed to rebuild. Yes. And he had a repeat a shot being a


lucky Chancellor, who found ?27 billion down the back of a House of


Commons sofa. He is a formidable political operative. The big problem


for him in all of this is it confirms the stereotype, that he


lacks heart, and it is all about the political manoeuvring. Boris will be


looking to capitalise on this. If nothing else, and he is the most


popular politician in the country because he is full of charisma and


cheer, the public like that about him, it is a stark contrast. What


Boris before now was lacking was a natural constituency on the


backbenches, which he would need to succeed in order to win a leadership


context, or even get down to the final two. His Brexit position


helped that. Suddenly he had the support of half of the backbenches.


This will support him further. The gap between him and George Osborne


has always been exemplified in the Treasury's mind and the supporters


of it as Boris being the buff who knew run anything, and Osborne was


always the dependable one. -- Boris being the buffoon. John, take us to


the New Day. When I dream I sleep my husband is alive and we are


together. This is the wife of the murdered police officer. So brutally


murdered by Clayton Williams, a 20-year-old, lout, frankly, a drug


addict. And it was manslaughter in the end. Not guilty of murder. He


stole a car. He ran over PC David Phillips who was trying to stop him.


A victim's statement, which I heard courtesy of the BBC News at


lunchtime, was devastated, actually. She talked about the fact that she


dreams at night, she wakes up, thinks he is beside her, and he


isn't there. Her seven-year-old now has nightmares. This lout has


devastated their lives. She is a very brave lady. She gave interviews


after the court case. Very composed and considered. The poor woman and


her entire family, having their lives turned upside down by this


idiot. It is devastating. Several other newspapers focusing on it, as


well. Before we look at some of the other stories, let me remind those


of you just joining us of those front pages we have been talking


about. The FT talking about the Tories' end to welfare cuts in a bid


to end turmoil. The i Is featuring the welfare U-turn. Boris Johnson's


remarks on the subject on the Daily Telegraph. And you will see the


Metro's take on PC David Phillips and what his widow has said. The


Daily Mirror with that story, as well. Then you can see the New Day


that John was alluding to. And the times with the police investigation


to alleged BIP paedophile activities and the Daily Mail focusing on that,


as well. We will stay with that. The Daily Mail is, as you saw,


fleetingly making no secret of where it stands on that story. Yes. Not


impressed with Scotland Yard, to say the least, and the fact that the IP


paedophile murder enquiry, operation Midlands, took 16 months, cost ?1


million and did not result in a single conviction. -- VIP paedophile


murder. They described it as a shambles. It says it is an


embarrassment for the force. That it should be apologising for the lives


it has ruined, the reputations it has shattered. Strong words. The sun


newspaper has also got a comment, can he stay, the Met commissioner,


can he stay in charge when their only surviving member of the now,


and let it -- alleged survivor of the paedophile ring should stepped


down. There will be a lot of questions. People will say of course


in this situation the police didn't reach the situation they should have


done. But what happens when somebody does turn out to have done


something? A number of problems for the Metropolitan. Early on in the


enquiry a very senior officer said there had been references to the


boy, boy at the time, making the allegations. They said it was


credible. Now we have found other isn't even sufficient evidence to


that the case forward. Secondly, not the way they did, but in


circumstance -- secondly, not what they did, but the way they did it in


certain circumstances. Particularly with those who were named as


culprits. I don't go along with the notion that just because an enquiry


to result in a prosecution that the boss should resign. They have no


option. If somebody makes a complaint of this nature, a serious


allegation, they have no option but to investigate. The Times has an


interesting line saying the police are spending ?1 billion per year on


child sex abuse cases. I was talking not that long ago to a senior police


officer who was telling me about this. He said we have to investigate


this. It is our duty. They are terribly, terribly time-consuming,


and the more of these cases we do the more people come forward. Which


is a good thing. We cannot knock the fact people will come forward


because of it. But it is time consuming. And because of the


historical nature, they will not result in a prosecution, which begs


the question, should we have a statute of limitation? One more, it


will have to be fleeting, Novak Djokovic, sexist prize money plan is


what The i are calling it. The ball is in your court. Martina


Navratilova has suggested that women could boycott tournaments over


parity of prize money and have a tennis players, men or women, are


viewed by the organisers. I don't dig it is a bad idea. There have


been many high profile tennis players from Martina Navratilova,


over the years, to the Williams sisters, to many others, and I think


they should stick it to them. -- I don't think it is a bad idea. Stick


if you tennis balls at them. CHUCKLES


Thank you both very much indeed. Before we go, let me just remind you


of some of the front pages. The Guardian saying David Cameron was


forced to concede that the ?4 billion black hole created by


scrapping disability cuts would not be filled by reducing spending. The


Independent is calling George Osborne the missing Chancellor after


he didn't attend the Budget debate in the House of Commons today. PM


Harvey Proctor has called for the head of the Metropolitan Police to


stand down. Do not forget, after this show you can see all of the


front pages online on the BBC website, and you can read a detailed


review of the papers on there seven days a week. And you can see each


edition of The Papers every day straight after we have finished.


It has been settled across much of the UK recently with little rain.


Another couple of essentially dry days over the next two days. Then it


turns wet and windy from Thursday. Overnight it


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