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Hello and welcome to our look at what the morning papers


With me are Martin Bentham, the Home Affairs Editor


for the Evening Standard, and the broadcaster,


Shyama knows us well and has brought her own snacks! Good evening and


thank you for coming in to see us. Let's start with


tomorrow's front pages. The Financial Times writes


that business leaders are warning their investors that


global tax crackdowns The headlines that teachers


are demanding an end to school tests for primary school students saying


the system has an 'exam The Daily Express warns of travel


chaos saying Storm Katie has the potential for a month's worth


of rain to fall on the Bank Holiday The Daily Telegraph headlines


with rifts in the Tory party deepening after accusations


David Cameron is ignoring ministers The Guardian leads with calls


from the Shadow Chancellor to scrap a ?3,000 tax cut for the rich


in which he says shows we're The Mirror covers the death of a


girl who died after being blown away on the bouncy castle. The Daily Mail


covers the same story. The Times carries a warning


from Presidential hopeful Donald Trump that Britain is no


longer safe for Americans to travel The Times, Britain is no longer


safe, Trump warns the presidential contender raises alarm after


Brussels attacks. He's not the only one saying similar things, is he?


Well, I don't one saying similar things, is he?


Well, I don't know. I find all of this very difficult because we are


living in the middle of it and we are just getting on with our own


lives and I don't quite understand why the Americans who're so far over


there, are using us as a pawn in this battle over leadership of the


Republican Party or indeed any other party. To me, this is a bit of a,


you know, it's just old Trump bellowing into the dark again, like


somebody at the other end of the the tunnel and you just get this echo


coming at you and it's just meaningless. I mean really? !


Pakistan is a lot less safe than we are. Libya is a lot less safe than


we are, you know. It's just so ridiculous. Britain is a place and


Europe is a place though that Americans are more likely to travel


to on holiday than in Pakistan say and Libya, aren't they and John


Kerry is saying something similar too? I agree in essence that there


is a risk and we just get on with it and it depends how you define


unsafe. But actually it's not such an outlandish thing for Trump to be


saying because he's echoing what John Kerry said. The US put out a


travel advisory last week saying there was a potential threat across


Europe, to avoid crowded places, which is what Kerry has been saying


here, restaurants could be targeted and all those sorts of things. It


doesn't say that you shouldn't come here and live your lives and


Americans shouldn't come here. They are saying if you do come here,


there is a chance that something bad might happen which is true. Of


course, it's the same as we have to face isn't it. Interesting that none


of the other countries which supply us with still-ones of tourists every


year, Japan, China, are not telling they are people not to travel. I


don't necessarily know that they are. I don't know what other


countries have done. It was the same after 9/11, there was a concern that


people might not want to travel to America because of it and the


message from the States was, this has happened, it's been appalling,


but don't let terrorism stop you travelling. It was a very different


type of attack wasn't it, because it was planes, it was very different,


it was the first time as well and also it broke into the American


infrastructure. These are isolated terrorism incidents we are suffering


at the moment and I sin Searle sigh hope we have no more -- sincerely.


It seems like an overreaction, I think we are being used as a


political tool by Trump and it makes me cross because they are supposed


to be our allies. If they run because one or two allies have


scared them, it worries me that they are our allies. They should still


come here generally and be aware that there is a potential danger at


some points and just get on with it. You mentioned Pakistan, it's on the


front of the Guardian. At least 60 killed after park blast. A lot of


them were children, hundreds injured as well as those who died? Yes, and


this is not the first time this type of thing's happened. Unfortunately


it illustrates a depressing other side or similar side to what's


happened in Brussels, Paris, you know, this intolerance of some


factions of Islamist belief, in this case the Pakistan Taliban have


claimed responsibility who just don't want to tolerate people who


have a different religious view. The Pakistan Taliban also target people


who are getting an education and they shoot bloggers who are 14 years


old. I mean the Pakistan Taliban will basically blow up anyone they


can on any excuse they can. They're intolerant to people who don't have


their view of the world, aren't they? They'll do anything. I think


there's part of... I think there are a lot of people in the UK at the


moment he've sort of got fatigue with all of this really and want to


have a sense of proportion about this. These are - not wanting to be


terrified by these maniacs who are behaving like this - basically


they'll blow up anything and anyone and any excuse and anything that


will make us anxious. I want to feel that I can just go about my business


and if I have the bad luck to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, I


will manage. Very commendable attitude. That's the Easter Message


actually of peace. Let's think about the peace, you know. The other thing


we should say is, we had the absolute horror of Brussels which


everyone can relate to and see, this number here, at least 60, it's


double more or less and shows the difference. That's the


proportionality debate. Palmyra on the front of the I, the culture


section, what remains of the remains as Isis are driven out of Palmyra


and, two temples have been razed to the ground but apparently there are


still a lot of buildings that apparently are still standing. It's


an important strategic site and a very big significant defeat for the


Islamic state. Ultimately, the sort of things we have seen in Brussels,


Paris and so on, military defeat for them in Iraq and Syria, won't end


that problem immediately or it won't solve it on its own, but clearly I


think while they still control lots of territory in that area, that


threat is going to remain there, causing all the problems it's doing


there and across Europe and so on. So the fact they are being driven


out and back is tremendous news really. Strategecally and


symbolically very important? Really important. I'm very glad Palmyra is


back. I'm sure everyone is, that Palmyra is back. It changes Assad's


bargaining position doesn't it? Yes. Martine, this is like we used to say


in the old days, it will run and run. The FT, interesting story,


Japan's hard up retirees turn to crime for free board and lodging


behind bars. A lot of shoplifting it seems so you can get back into


prison with they'll look after you! It's gone up 70% I think, 70%


occupancy in prisons and the number of people who've offended six times


has risen by 460% in recent times. It's because they are fed and looked


after in prison which is cheaper than looking after themselves. It


reminds me of when I was a reporter at Bow Streets Magistrates Court and


there was a wonderful magistrate Kenneth Barraclough and in those


days if you were a drunk, you were a criminal so they were in all the


time, always at Christmas they would come in, the week before Christmas


and Kenneth Barraclough, he was so wonderful would say, you just want


to go in for Christmas don't you Mr White, OK, seven days, ten days, and


he'd just put them all in and that's effectively what's happening in


Japan. Yes, it's not just about contempt for the law is it, this


story? No, although this is the a mathematical calculation by some


who've suggested they might deliberately be doing it, although


on the serious side, it says here that an awful lot of elderly people


are living alone and the pension rate is poor so actually maybe they


are driven to it. People saying what happens is they leave prison, don't


have money or family and therefore they commit crime because they have


nobody to support them and they are back in again. Maybe it's out of


necessity or they feel driven to it. I don't know why it's funny but it


is. It shouldn't be. Kamikaze pensioners going into Lidles or


whatever they have in Japan. Down the aisle. I wonder if they do? !


The Telegraph says police officers are getting younger. Police want


recruits age 16 for cyber beat. You have to be 18 do you at the moment


to be a police officer and they want the age to be dropped for cell


cuement. They are brilliant in IT and


technology and all the thing about increasing cyber crime. Sexting and


all of that I imagine, in the playground, because they have to


stay at school until they are 18 now anyway so it's confusing. You can go


and do work, become an apprentice. You can also be a voluntary police


cadet can't you. Youth United foundation of which I am a trustee


supports the voluntary police cadet who is do an amazing job of bringing


young disenfranchised youngsters and giving them responsibility and


training them up so this would be a really good thing. I just thought of


that, a great way of using those young people. If you remember, there


was that crime commissioner for Medway, she had the 17-year-old who


got thrown out, Paris Brown or something like that her name was,


thrown out at 17 for having tweeted rude things, but what was very


interesting, she was so representative of 17-year-olds, I


thought that was an inspired move to have a deputy who was 17.


Also there have been some young people who've gone the wrong way


unfortunately and done serious things online, committing scriber


crimes and so on, but again, some of these people are absolutely


brilliantly talented and enlisting their brains in the right direction.


Paying them for their expertise could be a good thing. Yes, police


and intelligence agencies are searching for people who're very


adept in this field. So it's not a daft idea entirely.


You would have to come up with a better uniform I think for


167-year-olds, they are not going to wear the flat jacket thing.


Finally, there's been a revault, we hear, over Easterless chocolate


eggs. How so? What's been happening? A lot of manufacturers or retailers


have been selling eggs without the word Easter apparently and therefore


trying to neutralise, sanitise the whole thing and take any meaning out


of the whole point of Easter. I have to say, I was thinking about this. I


can't remember what it ever did say on an Easter egg. I have one at home


because one of my daughters bought me one but did it say Easter egg. It


depends how long you left the wrapper on it before you started


scoffing it. I'm only thinking of the posh ones, forget about the


little shiny ones, the Cadburys one, you know, but the cellophane, you


know. It's a very good question. Did it say anything? Obviously people


think it would. Did it say smarties egg and there are other available


brands. Maybe it's an old story that's already happened but the


point is the same. Like Christmas cards, people get cross when there


is no mention of Christmas. It's unnecessary isn't it and the whole


point of Easter is that it's Easter for a reason, it's not, if you are


not celebrating it as east, then why bother. Spring. -- Easter. Eating


chocolate is a good enough Weiwei of spending spring. As we have done in


the newsroom. That's it for this hour. Vale that and Martin will be


back at 11. 30. Coming up next, it's Reporters.


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