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Dublin, to mark the centenary of the Easter rising against British rule.


Hello and welcome to our look at what the morning papers will be


With me are Martin Bentham, the Home Affairs Editor


for the Evening Standard, and the broadcaster Shyama Perera.


Let's start with tomorrow's front pages.


The Financial Times writes that business leaders are warning


their investors that the trend in global tax crackdowns will hurt


The i headlines that teachers are demanding an end to school tests for


primary school students saying the system has an exam factory culture.


The Daily Express warns of travel chaos on Bank Holiday


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


The Daily Telegraph headlines the rift in the Tory party


deepening after accusations David Cameron is ignoring ministers


The Guardian leads with a call from the Shadow Chancellor to scrap


a ?3000 tax cut for the rich, which he says shows we're not all


The Mirror covers the death of a 7-year-old girl who died


after the bouncy castle she was playing on blew away in Essex.


The Daily Mail also has the same story and reports


on growing demands for a ban on the inflatables at public events.


And the Times carries a warning from Presidential hopeful


Donald Trump that Britain is no longer safe for Americans to travel


We will begin with Donald Trump's warning to Americans, that Britain


is no longer safe. The presidential contender raising the alarm after


the attacks in Belgium last week. A lot of Americans will think that


anyway, won't pay? Yes, and although he has made some outlandish comments


before, in this case he is very much in the mainstream of American


opinion. He is saying that there is a danger in Europe, and therefore it


is not safe. I'm not sure that he is saying people shouldn't go there,


that Americans couldn't visit, and nor would that be the case. What he


is saying here is in line with US travel advice, which is to say there


is a danger and a threat across Europe, and there might be a tax on


restaurants, sport events, or religious festivals. People should


be aware that there may be potential attacks, but don't think it should


stop people going about their business, coming to visit, going on


holiday in different places. Let's hope it doesn't create paranoia in


America. This is a man who wants to build a wall between the US and


Mexico, and the Mexicans pay for it, why do we give to monkeys about his


opinion? It is ridiculous. If Americans are listening to this and


really think Britain is not safe, they ought to look at how many


people are killed in gun attacks in their own country each year. That


far outnumbers the number of people killed in terrorist attacks across


the whole of the European mainland. We should not be going to the US, if


this is a measure of what is safe and what is not. Let's move on to


the other story. Millions hit by George Osborne's stealth raid on


wages. This is to do with an increase in national insurance


payments. Apparently he brought it in three years ago, 40 quid a month


for someone who is earning ?40,000. This is our state pensions which


they keep telling us not worth anything, so we ought to be taking


out other pensions, and our children should learn that they are not going


to get anything. Nonetheless, they are still taking money from us for


pensions, and this is an extra ?40. Martin, you can probably put it into


a better context. It is basically getting rid of the second pension,


and people will have to potentially pay higher national insurance. It


will particularly affect people in the private sector, which I thought


had mainly disappeared anyway. In essence it is saying it could cause


some employers to close their pension schemes, and at the same


time if the government wants the people to provide for themselves and


their role age, hitting pensions is not necessarily a good way of doing


that, because people end up with less money. Except it brings in a


lot for the Treasury. A quick look at the i, teachers demand no more


tests. We had this coming from the NU T conference in Brighton. It


seemed to go back and forth with school tests. I think the union has


pretty much always disagreed, but I think they have a point. I think


there are two macro issues. One is the content of the test, which they


are saying are confusing and not properly thought through. And the


other tests are too difficult. The other issue is the number of tests.


I think all the way through, there is an enormous amount. I don't know


which is the better method, but what we need to do is find out why so


many 11 -year-olds going to secondary school have insufficient


literacy to make the step up to secondary school work, and why they


will often leave school without education and training. Surely a


test would tell a school if a child is struggling. Well, they apparently


do now, but it doesn't improve on the number of 17 -year-olds who are


semiliterate. Palmyra has fallen out of the hands of the so-called


Islamic State again. It was fantastic to watch the footage of


this on the news. Obviously, we can't see inside Independent, which


I thought were finished, so I'm surprised to see the front page. We


are pleased, thank you for sending its. Obviously it is fantastic, I am


one of those people who tries to leap ahead in their brain and


thinks, this is a great coup for the Russians, and does that mean it is a


great coup for us ultimately in strategic and political terms? They


have got it back from ISIS, but what does it mean in terms of the future


of Syria. Surely it mean that President Assad will have a future.


I think that is the case. What is tremendous news really is not just


the liberation of the architectural site, but also the fact that it is a


significant blow for the Islamic State. Hopefully, all the problems


we have seen in Europe and Brussels last week, and they see Islamic


State is defeated in Iraq and Syria, it will just get worse and worse


rather than better, which is obviously what we hope will happen.


The FT, and the Pope's message. Defending migrants as the flow


slows. Is this part of his Easter message, expressing dismay at the


way migrants are treated. What was interesting is this figure, saying


that daily arrivals from Turkey to Greece are down from 930 278 since


the EU deal was agreed that people would be sent back from Greece to


Turkey. Then there would be an admission of people from Turkey on a


1-to-1 basis. If that figure becomes a reality over or retract the


period, it would be a very positive thing, because you don't want people


coming over and risking their lives and having that is their only route


seeking refuge from Syria. When it was first introduced, it made no


difference. Hundreds of people took that perilous journey across the


sea. I think once they are on their way, even psychologically, it is a


journey that has to be completed, or they lose their lives. It is one


that message gets back, when people start to understand there is a


different mindset, and that takes time. There are all sorts of


potential problems, they might find other ways of trying to do it. The


people who are there can be on the top of the queue to come over. And


other story on the FT, Japan's hard up pensioners turn to crime for free


board and lodging behind bars. I think pensioners in Japan are


suffering the same gradations as our pensioners claim. They are behaving


badly in order to be put behind bars, because thankfully in Japan


there is only 70% occupancy of their prison cells. If you get a cell in


Japan, you have your own pretty and your own TV, and you don't have too


worry about being put in a cell was somebody who is not suited for it.


On that basis, for pensioners, there is quite a good deal to be had in


the prisons. But it is more than just a disrespect for the law, isn't


it? It does suggest... It has been calculator that a lot of people are


committing crimes, and the suggestion is they are doing it


deliberately. The other side of it potentially is the suggestion that a


lot of elderly people live alone, they don't get any support, and


therefore they can't sustain themselves, particularly those who


commit crime, come out of prison, had no family, and much like younger


people do in that situation, if there is no support around and they


fall back into it and commit crime again. It is like warden controlled


residential. On that basis... We make people pay for that over here.


Let's move on to a story we are a bit clueless about. The Daily Mail,


how to diet in your sleep. I was just having a little look on the


internet, and the Daily Mail ran a story about this three years ago.


Slim while you sleep, it is coming to do with eating smoothies. We hope


this is true, don't we? How might it work, let's speculate. You stay up


late scoffing chocolate biscuits, so... Apparently when you sleep it


does something to your metabolism. There was a doctor who used to say


to it in a 10-hour window. If you had your first meal at 9am, you


finished at seven p.m.. He said he could eat whatever you wanted in


your 10-hour window. Ultimately, it is eating less and moving more. We


talked about this on Friday night, I think. I have been told I was very


rude to shush you. John Kerry has said he is concerned about Americans


travelling to Europe as well. That is the paper for tonight. Lovely to


see you both, thank you for giving up your Sunday evening, your Easter


no less. Up next, The Film Review.


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