30/03/2016 The Papers


30/03/2016

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

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With me are the political commentator Ayesha Hazarika

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and Neil Midgley, the media commentator from the Telegraph.

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

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

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"Deal or no Steel" - a reference to calls

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for the government to step in to prevent the closure

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

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

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

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presidential palace, smiling as the country's first

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

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flown back from his holiday for emergency talks

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

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

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of Tata's British assets The Express says scientists

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

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village where 300 residents have lived to at least one

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hundred years old. And the Telegraph carries claims

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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come together with a temporary renationalisation to buy the plant

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

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

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community goes and it is the devastating consequences for the

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community. It is the lack of planning by successive governments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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goods and services, there are sensible rules against individual

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governments subsidising their own companies otherwise the French could

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subsidise their banks and put British banks out of business if

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

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

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

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over. Brussels are apparently cross with the British Government for

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

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EU on steel, which privately according to the Telegraph story

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

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

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

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about Turkish border forces shooting to kill refugees who are fleeing

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

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

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heartbreaking reminder of how desperate the situation is. They say

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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to the border being called the jihadist highway because of the

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

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

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

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

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say from the Royal College of Physicians, which highlights how

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dying patients are routinely left dehydrated and in pain in their

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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air. The Independent newspaper giving their front page over to

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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