10/04/2016 The Papers


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in Mumbai, on the first day of a seven-day visit to India and Bhutan.

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

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With me are Kevin Schofield, who's the Editor of Politics Home

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The Mail leads with questions over the integration of Muslims

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in society, but also has a large splash attacking

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the principle of inheritance tax, and urging Mr Cameron to stand up

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The Telegraph says David Cameron will make a 'robust defence'

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of tax-free gifts within families when he stands up in the Commons

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The Mirror reports the Prime Minister faces a 'public

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grilling' over what it calls a 'second secret stash of shares'.

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The Times says the focus is shifting to the Chancellor, George Osborne,

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and his tax returns, along with those of the rest of the Cabinet.

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The Guardian has more on the Panama Papers, pointing to links

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between a top government tax official and a law firm that acted

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for the offshore fund belonging to Mr Cameron's late father.

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The FT leads with warnings over negative interest rates,

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they're intended to encourage growth but could undermine consumer

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spending, according to a major asset management group.

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And the pressures on A is the focus for the Metro, it has a story

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about a grandmother forced to wait in a corridor for nearly 13 hours.

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We will begin with the Daily Mail. Enough of this madness. Instead of

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grovelling, the Prime Minister should be shouting from the rooftops

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that, for most people, inheritance tax is immoral itself. Politics has

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been talked about a lot this week, some people think that inheritance

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tax is quite right because the person who is receiving it hasn't

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ended, why should they get this big lump sum? I think we should cast our

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minds back to 2007, when Gordon Brown, we all expected him to go to

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the country. There was a party conference at the time, George

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Osborne, the Shadow Chancellor, made the announcement that he was going

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to raise the threshold for inheritance tax. It would take a lot

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of people out of that threshold, people who would be eligible for

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that. It went through the roof, Gordon Brown cancelled the election

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and a lot of people put it down to that. That would suggest to me that

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inheritance tax is not very popular with the vast majority of the

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population. And if Labour are talking about cracking down on that

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and making it more punitive, then I don't know how electorally popular

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they will be. The Daily Mail, did they have to choose that

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particularly unattractive photograph? It is an interesting

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choice. They are being supportive of the prime Minister? Yes, you would

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have thought... It is a very shallow comment, but is nevertheless. It is

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strange, the Prime Minister can rely on support from certain newspapers

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for some things, but lately, regarding the referendum, his

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constituency has been different. The trouble with all of these things at

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the moment, I know I like to move you want to these things, do

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things... Could you hold on? Row on. It is all coming under the same

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thing, which is taxes and money. This is about one Tory MP saying

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that the Prime Minister has been a clod -- go. That he has gone too far

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in agreeing to publish his tax details. The tax return itself is a

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very blunt thing, it only tells you what is declared in the last 12

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months. The Prime Minister, one Tory MP, was said to have been a clod.

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That gives me shivers, because it reminds me of what my music teacher

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used to write in my book. It is interesting that it feeds into a

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feeling that the prime Minister is a bit under siege at the moment. At

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the centre is still the steel situation. You also have the Brexit

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referendum coming up, it becomes a referendum not as whether we should

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be part of the EU but on the government itself. Political support

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seems to have abandoned them a little bit. They haven't come out

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and said, for Brexit, but they have become more Eurosceptic. George

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Osborne has said he doesn't have any funds held offshore. Is it just a

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matter of principle that people want to see his tax return? It does seem

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that way. If one person withheld everything, then... Should everybody

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to add? -- do it? Downing Street have said it should only be the

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Prime Minister and the leader of the opposition who should do it. I

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think, as an example of how David Cameron acts tactically to try and

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get himself out of trouble in the short term... It didn't work in the

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beginning. It's sort of like saying, I didn't do it, oh, a big boy made

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me do it... That sort of thing. Calculation. Going back to the mail,

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a warning on UK Muslim ghettos. A nation within a nation developing. A

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warning from Trevor Phillips who used to head up the human rights

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co-ordination. Trevor Phillips, former head of the Human Rights

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Commission -- Human Rights Commission. He has warned that not

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enough has been done to encourage Muslims to integrate with the wider

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society. He is saying that you could wind up with debts of villages

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unless action is taken to stop housing estates becoming almost

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exclusively Muslim. One of the solutions he offers is that schools

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would have to consider a 50% limit on Muslims or other minorities as I

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don't see how that would work in practical terms at a time when there

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is enough pressure on school places anyway. If you then introduce a

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quota on ethnicity... He said that the integration of Muslims would be

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one of the hardest tasks. It hasn't worked. When you look at the

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statistics, he is talking about these Muslim ghettos. The statistics

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are, this is from a survey of more than 1000 people, over 200 Muslims

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would not give police a terrorist tipoff. In another half of Muslims

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believe that homosexuality should be illegal in Britain. There are all

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sorts of things in this. To say that all Muslims are the same is quite

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ridiculous. There is a high star, what British Muslim is really think.

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It has really caught people 's imagination on Twitter. People say

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this is so tiresome and passe, can't we just be treated like everybody

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else? Cream on my jam, or jam on my cream? What do Muslims really

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think? Not all Muslims are the type that this article is discussing. It

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also becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you are trying to put

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Muslims... We do know that things like polls and surveys to throw out

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skewed suggestions in general. We have known that before. Getting back

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to the Times. If I can find it... DNA kit reveals what's really in

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your dinner. Is it really beef in your beef was -- Reef -- beef

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lasagne. It says that you would be able to quickly carry out your own

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test. This is a London-based laboratory creation which they think

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will be about the same cost as a laptop. My favourite part is there

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was an appetite for genetic analysis beyond application, including a

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Swiss project called beer, it decoded, mapping the ingredients in

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beer and a group of pensioners who are using PE kit to research

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mushrooms in Pembrokeshire. -- the kit. You can carry it around with

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you and take your food to see if your food is a Honda % beef or if it

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has some horse meat in it. If your sushi is really tuna. Food companies

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would have a fit. Gene tests, the latest weapon against Spanish

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invaders. She's obsessed with that story. There has been quite a lot

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about this. This is about the Spanish invader, the Bluebell.

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According to some sources, they smell more of onions than they do of

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bluebells. I love the smell of onions. British bluebells are a bit

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droopy and they are more blue. They were brought over in the 17th

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century. There were plant collectors, couldn't help

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themselves. They are describing it as gaudy and overtaking the native

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variety. And an institute near Cambridge has teamed up with

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volunteers to use the latest genome technology to fight the Spanish

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subspecies. You could just use the DNA kit. And then go and bury it.

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Goodness me. That poor Bluebell. Is just one of those things. I noticed

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when this first came up, people said, leave them alone, they are

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lovely! Leave them and get on with it. We can't do that, we will have

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letters! Purchase a newspaper tomorrow, otherwise we would have

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