02/04/2016 The Papers


02/04/2016

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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 Lance Price,

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and the Times columnist Matthew Syed.

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Tomorrow's front pages starting with:

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The Observer's main story is a poll it carried out on the EU referendum,

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which suggests the Out camp is leading.

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The Sunday Express claims police have been given six more months

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to find out what happened to Madeleine McCann,

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who went missing from a holiday apartment in Portugal nine years

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The Mail on Sunday alleges the government overspent its foreign

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aid budget by some two-hundred-million

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The Sunday Times carries an investigation into doping

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in sport, and claims one doctor has prescribed banned performance

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enhancing drugs to 150 well-known sporting figures.

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British aid to Tanzania is the headline on the Sunday

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Telegraph, which suggests the Foreign Office should suspend

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aid to East African nation of Zanzibar, following disputed

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elections there.And the Simpsons characters Smithers and Mr Burns

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are pictured on the front page of the Independent.

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Smithers is due to declare his love for his boss Mr Burns

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We'll get to that if we have time. We start the Sunday Times and doping

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scandal story. A British doctor claims he gave 150 sports stars...

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Quite an extraordinary admission. He used secret filming. He didn't say

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it, thinking it would become public. This hinges on the credibility of

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the doctor. He was talking to somebody who were saying they were a

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sprinter, who was in need of help, and he was using these names as a

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way of conveying his credibility and the idea that because the other

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stars are taking drugs, it might be a good idea for you to do so and any

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money for it. There is a lot of coverage on the inside pages and one

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would need to deconstruct it to see whether there is sufficient evidence

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to take this seriously. The wider context, very serious issues over

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the Tour de France the number of years ago. It seems to me as a

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sports journalist, I spend so much time talking about corruption,

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drugs, Fifa, people in suits leeching money, and it is a terrible

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shame for the people who are clean, which as many athletes and many

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officials. This doctor says he has never met a clean athlete. For the

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Times to go with this story, we have to stress we are the BBC cannot

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substantiate it. They must be fairly confident. You would think so, and

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they have got pages and pages of it. There is an awful lot of copy inside

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the paper about it. To put it on the front page suggests they have got

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confidence. But right there on the front page, it says even the Sunday

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Times has no independent evidence that this guy did treat the players.

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Or that the clubs were aware of it or anything else. So it is really

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just based on the secret recording of him. He may have been bragging,

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who knows. Let's talk about the observable stop the young hold the

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key to Briggs said. Brexit. It is whether the young people are

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actually going to turn out and vote at all. Whether or not you can rely

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on an opinion poll so early in the campaign, a lot of people have made

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up their minds, and they do say the report that when the do not knows

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are pushed, most of them said they were leaning towards staying in

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there that changes the poll somewhat. The interesting point is

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this one, that it seems the headline is the young hold the key to Brexit.

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It does seem that the young are broadly speaking more in favour of

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staying within the European Union than the older generation. This is

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fact, the older generations are those that are more likely to vote.

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If you cannot get the younger people who perhaps travel more, I'm

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familiar with European Union, have a less sort of... A different

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perspective, if you cannot get them to the ballot box when the

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referendum is held, then the main campaign have got a problem. This is

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an online poll, some are done by phone, they can give different

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results. I read a story about sampling techniques and polls and

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whether they take into account some of the anomalies you describe. And I

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fell asleep... No, I didn't, I found it very interesting! Opinion polls

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have come in for a real hard time since the general election. And I

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suspect that these will change all the way through to the boat itself.

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Young people are more in favour of staying in,/ the broader outlook on

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the world, and they are less likely to turn out to vote. But they are

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also not the people who voted for and European Community in the 70s,

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and a lot of people think, this is not what I voted for back then. The

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number of people voting for the second time in the EU referendum is

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actually relatively small. The key to whether we stay in not rest on

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those people who have grown up with the European Union, they don't ram

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begging before that, they don't remedy EC, they certainly don't

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remember Britain when it was outside any kind of European co-operation.

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So, for them, the EU is normal. The people who are the strongest views

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about pulling out, they still have a nostalgic view about what Britain

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used to be. The German firm offers steel plant hope. This is talking

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that the future of the Tata Steel plant in Port Talbot, Matty. A

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suggestion that there might be a lifeline coming. If that is true. It

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is to double to know, given that tartar have been looking for a buyer

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for a long time.... -- Tata Steel. This will be a real lifeline. It is

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not just an economic scenario, this is a community. People pot-macro

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lives, families, and the knock-on effect of other industries which

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rely on this. This will give some hope and I don't think there will be

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taking it terribly seriously just yet. Other commentators suggest, why

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would you keep paying more than steel then you need to? If you can

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have cheap steel from Sweden and China, why would you do that? And

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also if you take on the British steel plants, you have this an

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enormous pension liability as well. You have to wonder about the timing

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of all this. The government was clearly taken by surprise by the

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Tata Steel announcement. If this deal was already a positivity,

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perhaps there is something about them trying to put Russia on the

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government to make a deal. Let's move the Mail on Sunday. 100 of them

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and T ?2 million is what we overspent on foreign aid last year

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by mistake. That is enough to keep poor Albert alive for six months

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which shows how much money it is losing every week. -- Port Talbot. I

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have to declare an interest in the Mail on Sunday a week ago ran a

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story that involved me with my picture in the paper, about the

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foreign aid budget, and how I was paid as a media consultant to go to

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Armenian... I would pay you two. I am pleased to hear that, added

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people want my e-mail address... The point was they got the figures wrong

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by 100% and they didn't check with me. They did not check details with

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me. So, I'm afraid when I read stories in the Mail on Sunday, I

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treat it all with a bit of a pinch of salt. That is not to say they

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haven't got a point, which is we are spending a lot of money on foreign

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aid. The vast majority of it is extraordinarily well spent and there

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are some very difficult decisions to be made and it is easy to criticise

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the few things here and there go wrong. I have suspicions about that.

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It is not just the fact that there was evidence that some of the money

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gets siphoned off in corruption, it is also the lack of evaluation that

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even in those schemes and about a nation that look good, they have

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glossy brochures, it looks like the narrative is very good, when

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randomised controlled trials evaluate that inflation to a

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controlled good, -- group, it is not doing any good at all. There is not

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enough rigour to test out whether these projects are making a

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difference in education, in terms of food and all the other things,

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disease and malnutrition. There was a great deal more than you give them

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credit for. It has got tighter and tighter in recent years. I have been

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involved through a charity in making applications for the money. The

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amount of evidence you have to give for the genuine impact that your

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schemes will have is considerable. The impact, unless it is assessed

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relative to a proper controlled trial, it is very doable to know

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whether it is making any difference because it is just observational

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data. Yes, but you have to see what difference it is making on the

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ground. Some of that Caley will be observational, does it look like

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they are better schools, a better assessment of the ability of

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journalists to hold governments to account, which is the sort of thing

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I was involved in, but it isn't possible to run controlled tests

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against every single foreign aid... If you did, your budget will be

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spent on that. The Telegraph, the anger of middle-class savers. 40,000

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family estates will have to pay in inheritance tax this year, which to

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us seems quite low. You would have thought it would be more. They are

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getting more money from the number of homes taxed. I think people get

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upset. They think they have paid VAT and everything else, and now one of

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my memory -- family members died and I have to pay tax again. But this

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hits much wealthier people. The idea that this is a middle-class tax, it

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is 40,000. But it hits more people this days. The threshold has gone

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up. But the body prices as also gone up. A lot of this is about a

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property, it is about the value of people pot-macro is. Clearly it is

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unfair whether value of people pot-macro has gone up and what

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started off as a rotary modest assets by the time they come to the

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end of their lives, has turned into a huge one. But if you think of the

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value of properties in London and the south-east, it is only 40,000

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families that appeared to be affected. Finally, another sports

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story. Fun and games with the Windies but England aim for the last

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laugh. West Indian women meeting Australia, too. Who is your money

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on? I heard someone say this is a good news story, no drugs, no

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corruption, it has a terrific competition. The bookies say even

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money, 11 to ten on the favourites but I am going to go for England. I

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haven't got a clue. No point sitting there and pretending. That is it

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bought this evening. But because it is Saturday, Matthew and love are

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staying and will come back later and I know you will be as pleased as we

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are. Coming up next, it is time for Reporters.

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