09/04/2016 The Papers


09/04/2016

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I was just commenting that Anthony south of the weather

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I was just commenting that Anthony Joshua has won the boxing. Welcome

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to our look at what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow.

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With me are the political commentator Jo

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Phillips and Nigel Nelson, political editor of the Sunday People.

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The Sunday Telegraph leads with the story that dominates tomorrow's

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the details of the prime minister's financial affairs, after David

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The Sunday Times also has the story, including a claim that the PM could

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avoid paying on inheritance tax on a gift from his mother,

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Cameron's decision to be transparent is hailed as "historic"

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But it says the PM now faces a fresh row about his wealth.

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The financial disclosures also make the front of the Observer

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which concedes is "unprecedented" by a sitting Prime Minister.

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And the Express also pours over the details but says it also wants to

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The Sunday Times is one of those with this on the front page. PM

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reveals hidden wealth. Cameron could now avoid inheritance tax on

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?200,000 gift from mother. So inevitably everybody is spending

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their Saturday afternoon is looking out the fine print. What did you

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find? We didn't get this bit, for a start, which is quite interesting

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and again he didn't put enough out there. So it's a bad headline for

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something that is actually quite good. As far as the tax return goes

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it tells us exactly what he paid, ?76,000 last year in total. He

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should have done it four years ago, which is when he promised to do it.

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The problem he has had all week is not disclosing what he should have

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disclosed. What it was easy. Just be honest and upfront about it. Once

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again it there was a little bit here that we didn't know about before.

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Nigel is absolutely right. It is a classic on how not to handle a

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crisis. The story itself is not damaging. And David Cameron is a PR

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man! Wants. It is absolutely ridiculous. He has done nothing

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illegal. You could argue whether you think there's anything wrong in him

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having access to money, but he has always said he is never going to

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apologise for having a privileged background. This is actually a story

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about how he could avoid inheritance tax, although as we were corrected

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last time how the state of his mother could avoid inheritance tax

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if she lives for another two years. In which case the money she has

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given him is a lifetime gift. That's what lots of people do. But

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newspapers can make it looked like you've done something a bit askew,

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because it comes on the back of these days of comment. That's right,

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he hasn't done anything wrong. The tax issue doesn't apply yet and

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won't apply for another two years. On less than that if anything

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happens. But the whole thing is he should have got it out there. Just

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put it there and say, look, there's this bit and the spit. It is a

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private matter. It is not a private matter when you are a public figure

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and you are in charge of the country. And he promised he would do

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it. And you have a go at other people for avoiding taxes, putting

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money offshore. When all those things happen you have to be

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absolutely transparent. Why hasn't gone so wrong, if it is so obvious

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to everybody? I think because he didn't like the idea of actually

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doing it. I do believe he got very angry about some of the things that

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were said about his father. So there is a personal element here, which

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then obviously impairs your judgement. Let's look at the Mail on

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Sunday. They seem to be getting ahead of themselves. Cameron tax

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bill Dodge. The way they are talking it is as if he has already dodged

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the tax. Hopefully there won't be any tax to pay. Even the Times says

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Dodge. Again, all this stuff is illusion. I can't believe any of

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these journalists, many of whom we know, they are probably not

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operating the same system. Especially because property prices

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have gone bonkers. Lots of people are actually giving money to their

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adult children now to avoid inheritance tax being paid when they

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die. It is quite a sensible way to actually pay for somebody in care

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and things like that. It is avoidance not invasion? Exactly.

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This isn't avoidance. It is a system. That's right. Minimising

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your tax bill, that's all he is doing. But is it really all about

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the money? No, says page five of the Mail on Sunday. I believe this man

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is quite close to David Cameron and was one of his former speechwriters.

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He has written a very interesting piece. He is perhaps not a natural

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Tory. He has got a very good link with him and he says here, you know,

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all the things he liked about Cameron were more important to

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voters than his background and up until now he said people were

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prepared to judge Cameron on his policies, rather than a posh accent.

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What he's really arguing is that this is about a Brexit. He has taken

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his eye off the ball because the only thing he is thinking about is

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Brexit and that's colouring everything. What difference will

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this financial affairs staff make the people's view of whether we

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should stay in or out of the EU? Because it isn't connected at all,

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really, in some ways. It makes him look a little untrustworthy and he

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is trying to sell online which is, we will be better off in Europe,

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trust me. So that I think does make a difference. At the moment an awful

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lot of what happens with the referendum really does hang on

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personal integrity. If what we've seen in the last four days isn't how

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you handle an issue like this, let us take a letter from the Archbishop

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of Canterbury, who rather elegantly has delegated his way through a

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pretty difficult personal revelation. Church leaders rally

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around Welby and he has discovered that his dad isn't that many thought

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he was. That's right. I think the Archbishop has been absolutely

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magnificent about this and what he should do is go to number 10 and

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give David Cameron some lessons on how to handle it. He you are

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confronted with some surprising news, that the farther you thought

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was the father actually isn't. So what Justin Welby does is he takes a

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DNA test... Having been alerted by journalists. Yes. He finds that the

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DNA test is positive and then he goes out and says, OK, that's the

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way it is. I am a bit worried about what the Marmite think about all

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this. But he makes a statement which is a very moving statement and says,

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look, I am surprised, but... Very candid about the difficulties that

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his parents faced. And his mum has been a recovering alcoholic for

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ages, decades, and his father died and he has said openly that family

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life was a bit messy. But dignity... And she is completely

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candid about who she slept with a few days before she got married. I

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think it is extraordinary. That's it. The Sunday Times, again, they

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are doing well tonight. Anti- doping agency betrayed whistleblower. He

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was prescribed drugs by this man, Dr Mark Bonar. But this man, who admits

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he has cheated, says he has been betrayed. He went to the UK and it

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being agency after he was banned for two years from competitive cycling

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because he refused a drug test, not because he was found having taken

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anything but subsequently he admitted doing that. He went to the

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agency and said, this is what this doctor has been doing. Here are the

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prescriptions. And the agency said, we can't do anything about this, but

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they didn't pass the case to the General Medical Council, which is

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frankly all they had to do. They argue it wasn't within their

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jurisdiction, which is one of the big problems. On a story I've

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written for tomorrow, David Cameron has now considered making doping in

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sport a criminal offence. It is a good way of dealing with it because

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it's a catch all device. They obviously missing people if there's

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argument about whether or not they've got the jurisdiction to do

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it. Stay with the Times. GCHQ wizards kept Harry Potter secret. I

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find this astonishing. What happened was that the founder of this

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publishing company, who printed the Harry Potter books, got a call in

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2005 and it was from the spooks are GCHQ who said, we think we've

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discovered a copy of one of the Harry Potter books on internet. And

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obviously they used huge security to try to stop it getting out. It

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turned out that it was actually a fake, but great fun. It makes me a

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bit sort of uncomfortable that GCHQ is here to make sure that we are all

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safe and monitor signals from terrorists and if they are actually

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looking at things like this is that quite doing their job? Don't be such

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a spoilsport! It was a quiet night in Cheltenham. But they saw

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something on internet. That's really what happened. They saw something.

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It's a bit like police helicopters hovering over celebrities and

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getting pictures of them. I wonder what the words were that sent the

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flag up. They read it out to the editor and they said it was a fake.

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But I love the GCHQ comment, saying, we don't comment in defence

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against the dark arts. Finally, the Grand National was ranted. Rule the

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World won it. He is owned by Michael O'Leary, the owner of Ryanair. And

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people said that at least his racehorse arrives on time! And it

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was actually at Aintree, not Aintree international. But this is a most

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fantastic photograph. The jockey, who is 19, his first time in the

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Grand National, he is absolutely smothered in mind and it is a really

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beautiful photograph. We can only imagine what that feels like. For

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once in his life Michael O'Leary seems to have luck on his side. My

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horse fell at the first fence. What was it called? Hadrian's something a

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rather. I wonder if there was trumpet fanfare as Rule the World

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arrived on time. Do you think they charge the jockey extra for a

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saddle? That story is a gift! Thank you very much to both of you. Nice

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pics of stories. That's it from The Papers tonight. I hope you enjoyed

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it. The Film Review is coming up next.

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