30/03/2016 The Papers


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


With me are the political commentator Ayesha Hazarika


and Neil Midgley, the media commentator from the Telegraph.


Welcome to you. We can take you through the front pages as we have


them at the moment. The I, which has the headline


"Deal or no Steel" - a reference to calls


for the government to step in to prevent the closure


of the Tata Steel plant Fears over the future of the British


steel industry are also the main The Financial Times has a picture


of the former political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar's


presidential palace, smiling as the country's first


civilian president in more than 50 The Guardian says David Cameron has


flown back from his holiday for emergency talks


on the steel crisis. "Betrayed" is the Mirror's headline


- a reference to the steel workers The New Day references the sale


of Tata's British assets The Express says scientists


are to study the habits and diet of the residents of an Italian


village where 300 residents have lived to at least one


hundred years old. And the Telegraph carries claims


that the BBC has been "sexing up" Shakespeare, in a new adaptation


of Richard III, starring Benedict We will be talking about that in a


minute. We can kick off. The Financial Times, the Tata Steel


story, thousands of jobs at risk. The FT saying battle to save


steel-making as Tata Steel says the business is worth nothing. They paid


6.2 billion for the business and say it is now worth nothing. The


statistics that stood out from the story, you think, why do they just


give it away. Take on the business from scratch and see if they can


turn a profit? It turns out the pension fund deficit is ?15 billion,


one of the top 20 liabilities in the whole of the UK and so there is more


at play than it being effectively a worthless business because of the


cheap costs of Chinese steel imports. You wonder who would want


to buy this business which they say loses ?1 billion a day. It is a huge


problem because the market will not be mandated with offers but it is


one of those things where everyone is looking to the government.


Whether you call it nationalisation, a bailout, a lot of parties, the


Labour Party, Plaid Cymru, everyone is hoping that the government will


come together with a temporary renationalisation to buy the plant


time to think what it will do. That could costs the taxpayer. It comes


down to values and priorities. When these industrial sites go, the


community goes and it is the devastating consequences for the


community. It is the lack of planning by successive governments


of all colours, which is at issue. I remember when the Consett steelworks


closed in 1980. I remember Ravenscraig in Glasgow. The future


of the British Steel industry has been... It is precarious. It has


been going one way for 45 years in our lifetime. And yet, here we are


again, on the verge of another crisis again with tens of thousands


of people about to lose their jobs and no apparent plan. In your paper,


the Telegraph, they say there is an EU row over the deal to save it.


They say Tata Steel suggested EU rules restricting state aid are to


blame for the decision to sell. In a single market, as happens in the EU,


countries come together and there is supposed to be one market for their


goods and services, there are sensible rules against individual


governments subsidising their own companies otherwise the French could


subsidise their banks and put British banks out of business if


they chose to. The state aid rules are there for a good reason but


here, it is simply not possible for the British Government legally to


just bear out Tata Steel and save here is a few billion to tide you


over. Brussels are apparently cross with the British Government for


standing in the way of a plan to increase import tariffs across the


EU on steel, which privately according to the Telegraph story


Brussels sources say would have helped to save the steel industry.


The Times newspaper, the migrant story perhaps has faded a little


from our attention in the past few days but they have a shocking story


about Turkish border forces shooting to kill refugees who are fleeing


civil war in Syria. They say 60 migrants have been killed by guards,


this is according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. A


heartbreaking reminder of how desperate the situation is. They say


16 mu. -- 16 migrants including children. And they say the number


could be higher. It cast doubts on the EU migrant deal that was struck


whether it is working. Can we class Turkey as a safe third country? What


do you think? I think it looks difficult because if people,


families and children are being shot, I would probably say no. No


one is in favour of children getting shot. What the story does not say is


why, why the Turkish government, if they have been shooting people dead,


why they are doing it. Clearly there is a crackdown in Turkey to stop


people coming across the border. Huge numbers of Syrians have come


across the border in the past years and there is reference of the story


to the border being called the jihadist highway because of the


number of foreign fighters using it as a gateway. Clearly that is not


children. People in Syria are so desperate. I do not think it will


put people off because the horrible stories of people drowning has not


put people off. We can move on to the Daily Mail with the report they


say from the Royal College of Physicians, which highlights how


dying patients are routinely left dehydrated and in pain in their


final hours. This is a worrying finding and we have to see the full


report and get the full factss but it is deeply worrying with echoes of


the scandals we saw years ago, I cannot remember the hospital. Mid


Staffordshire Hospital, which was devastating. The NHS needs to look


into this. Again, it is more stories about the pressure that the NHS is


under and you feel the NHS is at breaking point. Regardless of


whether you like all owes Jeremy Hunt and there are plenty of people


in the NHS who loathe the Health Secretary, something he said when


the Mid Staffordshire hospital report came out, he said we have to


put compassion in the NHS and this report emphasises that. It does not


cost anything to give somebody a glass of water on their dying day.


We need the true facts of where staff are in terms of who is to


blame. I think you are right about compassion but having demoralised


overworked staff does not help you with your compassion problem. Neil,


a story right up your street. The BBC riding into a storm over sexing


up Shakespeare. Those sex maniacs at the BBC in a new adaptation. It is


the ongoing adaptation of the history plays. I have seen... I saw


the first. There was a lot of homoeroticism in the first one. It


was a Richard. The sexing up of the Bard is not new to this film but


Benedict Cumberbatch apparently is going to be having all sorts and in


particular in a scene not in the original play. Not in the original


script! The BBC is accused of not only sexing up the Bard but


inserting... I do not see the problem, millions of fans of


Benedict Cumberbatch will say this is why I pay my licence fee. Are you


a bit of a... ? Definitely. Big fan. Ready and in Sherlock Holmes and


great Sunday night television. In fairness to the BBC, Sunday night


dramas have been cracking. War and Peace, the BBC was accused of


inserting incest that was not in the novel. How can you mess with Tolstoy


in the name of titillation? You are looking forward to it? I certainly


am. The Daily Express. It sounds like science fiction. The village of


the 100-year-olds. Scientists studying diet to find the key to


long life and this is a village in Italy. It looks like a


science-fiction story when it is put next to a picture of Adele, who is


taking a break. She is not accused of being 100! Apparently 300 people


in a small Italian village... Beautifully pronounced. With a fair


wind and bags of chav! Charm stop this could be useful


because the elderly population, 300 of them have lived over the age of


100. Scientists are now studying the lifestyles in the village and they


are convinced it boils down to Mediterranean diet, daily exercise,


and extensive use of the Herb rosemary. So if you have a bit of


leg of lamb like I did with my dear mother. The British advice is


boring. It is rosemary. They eat rosemary. And they probably have


nice wine. Who wants to live to 100? I have just turned 40 and I find it


a struggle! And you will be shunned on your dying day the NHS. I will


probably need some water! Good to have you here. That is it tonight.


Before you go, these front pages have come in while we have been on


air. The Independent newspaper giving their front page over to


England's world Twenty20 semifinal win against New Zealand. That is the


main picture, anyway. And in the Sun newspaper, turning back digital


clocks on cars, due to a loophole, and is not against the law when a


car is resold. Those are the papers we have just got in and all our


online on the BBC News website where you can read a detailed review of


the papers. Many thanks. That is it, goodbye.


We might be heading into April but given the right conditions you can


get cold nights at this time of year and tonight is a case


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