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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be
With me are Beth Rigby, the Media Editor from the Times
and James Rampton, feature writer for the I.
At that talking through the front newspapers in a moment.
The Financial Times leads with accusations that Britain
blocked attempts by EU officials to strengthen defences
against the import of cheap Chinese steel -
The i headlines that one in five will be obese in 9 years time
British men coming in at number 8 on a global table.
New Day also has obesity as it's headline -
with medics warning the UK is set to be the fattest nation in Europe.
The Telegraph reports a new study which says statins could become
obsolete within a decade as the population becomes too obese
The Metro headlines with price rises hitting people's pockets
The Times writes that Tata has accused David Cameron of sleeping
walking into the steel crisis by attempting to woo
The Guardian also follows the story of Tata Steel -
reporting the Business Secretary Sajid Javid is to travel
to South Wales to reassure workers of the future of the plant.
And of course the Daily Mirror, featuring the front page of Ronnie
That a is lovely picture of Ronnie. The best one of him.
Yes, a lovely picture of him. The warmth coming through had been his
face, in his gesture. He died today, aged 85, surrounded by his wife of a
50 years and his two daughters and lovely, lovely tributes in the
paper. Quite rightly for him. A favourite of mine was tweeted by
Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, who called him a giant of the
British entertainment industry, who, given he was 5ft, I think Ronnie
Corbett would have found that funny. Maybe a deliberate joke? I am going
to say it wasn't. James, you messaged in I did. I'm delighted to
say he really lived up to expectations when I met him. I was
honoured to meet him. Michael Palin taking to you earlier, mentioned the
twinkle he had. Sometimes you feel with comedians, that they switch it
on and off, almost like they are acting for camera or stage but with
Ronnie Corbett it was there all the time it was something that just
emanated from him gnarly. I remember growing up as a child it was a great
treat to be allowed to stay up on a Saturday night to watch The Two
Ronnies, and I'm sure that there will be many my age and younger and
older, who will feel a loss as he has disappeared.
And here the Sun. With a picture of him in the famous glasses, sorry, a
picture of him with the famous glasses.
And I was speaking to John Lloyd, he was saying he campaigned for Ronnie
Corbett to get a knighthood. He never got one. Saying that comedians
don't often get one. We were talking about this before. Trying to think
who has them. I looked it up. There are only five. Harry Lauder in 1911,
Charlie Chaplin, Harry Secombe, Norman Which had come, and Lenny
Henry. That is extraordinary airily few. You virtually have to appear on
Top of the Pops these days to get one. But as a comedian it is much,
much harder. If you are poking fun at the
establishment your entire life, somehow... The establishment does
not like you. And maybe fitting you don't. I think
you lose credibility with the audience if you then become part of
the establishment. You have to make the judgment whether or not it
reflects badly on you if you accept it. It could undermine your
credentials. So, Ronnie Corbett, very sadly missed. Now to the Times.
Your front page lead is tomorrow is the steel crisis and the Chinese
angle on the whole thing and the accusation that the British
Government has been trying too hard to woo the Chinese and to allow in
this glut of cheap Chinese steel. It is the really the beginning of
the blame game. We know that Tata is going to shut or sell its
operations. 15,000 jobs directly affected by that. But overall in the
UK steel industry up to 40,000 jobs affected.
Now ministers have insisted that this closure is about the glut of
cheap steel in the world market as China sell it is cheaply and there
is huge overcapacity in the market. What this stir is saying and the FT
lead with this as well is that the European Commission and the European
Union had actually been trying to put up barriers to stop this flood
of Chinese steel in the EU. And the people that have been dragging their
feet, the country dragging their feet was no other than the UK. In
the US they have tariffs of 236%, why have George Osborne and David
Cameron not done that? The accusation is that George Osborne
was wooing the Chinese as he wants inward investment from China to fund
projects such as Hinkley Point, the fund HS2, the high-speed rail line
so turned a blind eye to something that would hurt China in order to
curry favour with the Chinese that is politically very difficult for
Government when they are facing the huge job losses in the run-up to
local elections. James, is it a problem? I do. It
plays into this idea that the Government handled this badly. An
element of omni-shambles to use a word coined by one of George
Osborne's previous Budgets. But a sense that they had no real grip of
the situation. The Business Secretary in Australia with his
teenage daughter, perhaps planning to spend down time when 40,000 jobs
were at stake. He missed the plain back, apparently. Anna Soubry
sending mixed messages as to what the Government would do. Jeremy
Corbyn got in there quickly, he was in Port Talbot today, so he made the
running and Steven Kinnock played a blinder, went to Mumbai, there
putting the case for his constituents eloquently and has
today questioned the position. I can see why he has done it. It looks
chaotic. Even if it just the perception.
Perception is everything today, though.
To the Garde, still with the Tata Steel story. Their lead is who on
earth may buy the company. It is losing, we are hearing, ?1 million a
day. Who would buy a company like that? The first point is that the
Government rule odd re-nationalisation, despite Anna
Soubry saying that all options were on the table. That will not happen.
So now the Guardian are talking about who could buy it. Liberty
House is a company that bought unwanted sites in Scotland when the
Scottish Government propped up their steel industry to find a buyer
temporarily. But Tata, I think interestingly, further down, Tata
say that they have tried for 158 months to find a buyer for the
operations without success. They also say that they would release the
assets for nothing but the problem is that there are huge liabilities.
Pension liabilities amounting to ?2 billion. So when you look at the
market, who is going to take on a company losing ?1 million a day with
huge liabilities in a market that has a glut and it show no, sir sign
of profiting. So it is not a question of selling
but giving it away and maybe even nobody wants it if given away. And
would Tata want to sell off to a rival who could maximise? I really
feel for the people in these communities.
Beth said 40,000 people involved. It could cost the Government ?200
million in benefits if these places do close. So a huge problem. It
reminds me of the problem with the '80s with the cool industry. Cheap
imports, the same thing is afflicting the steel industry. The
people suffering are the poor workers, I feel for them. They are
stuck in the middle of this terrible problem. James Frampton writer for
the i. Obesity is on the front of this page there. Are extraordinary
statistics. One in five in the planet will be obese by 2025.
They are good the bullet points. They highlight the shocking aspects
of this report. One in five of us to become obese. That is the main
headline and the Telegraph pointing out that drugs such as statins may
not work, which is vital for saving lives, it may not work as obesity
counteracts the effect of the medication. So a really, really
serious problem it is good to have it on the front page to highlight
what a potential catastrophe we have with heart disease, diabetes.
Beth, British men coming in at number eight on the global table of
obesity, does that surprise you? It does. And on the New Day, they are
saying that the UK is setting itself up to be the fattest nation in
Europe. This study comes a few weeks after George Osborne imposed a sugar
tax to raise ?500 million. Which he said he would put into sports in
schools in a bid to begin to tackle the obesity epidemic that is coming
ourway in the UK, if not already here if you think of what the
Government has done in terms of levies, alcohol, tobacco, heavily
taxed in a bid to free money for the NHS. This is if there are
generations of people getting late onset of diabetes and medical
complications for obesity, this will cost the NHS a fortune. And speaking
of things going up in price, Metro have tomorrow, April the 1st, or
April the Worth, Council Tax up, prescriptions up, the public sector
set to pay. An expensive day from tomorrow? There is a flip side as
the national Living Wage is coming in. So workers on very, very low
wages will get an increase in pay but obviously so if you take Council
Tax, famously frozen through the coalition years through austerity,
the Council Tax bills but George Osborne has allowed councils to
increase the bills because actually they are going to use that money to
care for older people to create a ?3. 5 billion fund to start to try
to fill in some of the gaps that the rollbacks for the welfare have
created. I don't mind paying more Council Tax for that.
James, you get the last word. April Fool's Day is tomorrow. You have
spotted possibly an April's Fool's Story in I hope so. I thought the
Germans and the French could be more unpopular if that is possible. It
story is claiming that Roland Piaf suggests that if we leave the EU in
June, then we could be thrown from the European Championships. The
moment I realised it was a made up story, was when I saw that the
German representative was You'regoingtolose. He says: If
Britain leaves, we should be clear, out means out. It is a fantastic
story. You think, the Europeans, what are they doing to us now. But
it plays on our xenophobia. Is it not nice to have a light
hearted Brexit story. And a light hearted football story as well. Yes.
Many thanks to both of you. Have a good April's Fool's Day tomorrow.
And while we have been on the air, more tributes to Ronnie Corbett. The
Sun leading with a poignant tribute:... And it's good night from
me. And the Daily Express signing him off with: It's a fond good night
to him. And the Daily Mail: Questioning why
his services to entertainment were never nighted. As we were discussing
earlier on. So, Ronnie Corbett dominating.
Don't forget all the front pages are online on the BBC News website
where you can read a detailed review of the papers.
It's all there for you - 7 days a week at bbc.co.uk/papers -
with each night's edition of The Papers being posted
on the page shortly after we've finished.
Thank you to James Frampton and Beth Rigby. Thank you very much for being
with us. Good night. The April showers have come early
this week but you would