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


With me are Miranda Green from the FT and Christopher Hope,


who's assistant editor at the Daily Telegraph.


Let's look at some of the front pages.


The Telegraph reports a suggestion by a Cabinet minister that the BBC


has sought to smear the Culture Secretary.


The Guardian leads on claims by the SNP that that thousands more


Government inspectors are employed to tackle benefit fraud than tax


The FT says officials believe George Osborne will have to consider


selling the public stake in Royal Bank of Scotland at a loss


because keeping it in the public sector is bad for the bank.


The Metro focuses on a report predicting that first-time buyers


will need a salary of ?64,000 to get a mortgage for a typical home I20


20. According to The Times, Tristan


David Cameron over Europe has slumped, suggesting the referendum


is on a knife edge. The Daily Mail claims that we pay ?1


of every ?7 given by rich countries in foreign aid.


And the i says the UN has reprimanded Britain for failing


We will start with the express, a crusade to quit the EU takes a huge


leap forward, according to the Express? That's right. Is that?!


This is an important day, in a way, you can see Electoral Commission


named the official out two campaign and the official Remain campaign, it


is the moment where battle commences. For those who have long


wanted the EU to leave the EU, like the Daily Express, it is a great


moment. They have waited a generation, this is a


once-in-a-lifetime chance to try to convince the public to vote for Out.


But they said something that is contradicted elsewhere, which is


that the computing Brexit groups promised to put their differences


aside and build a mass movement to quit. However, that is not reflected


in every paper. Viewers and readers may be concerned, it is not the


final battle, some papers have been fighting this battle for a long time


in pointing out the weaknesses and mistakes and errors in the EU. And


not pointing out the strengths? You could argue that, too. But the ten


week EU referendum campaign starts on Friday. Ten weeks tomorrow... It


starts official Friday, let's go one week only. Let's go to the Financial


Times, the Express trumpeting that the battle for Britain begins,


bursts the designation of Vote Leave as the official Out grouping sparks


feuding? Not everybody has been reporting this, it is two groups


fighting for the right to be the official designated Brexit, British


exit, group. It turns out that the regulator has given the right to a


group called Vote Leave, the establishment vehicle backed by


Michael Gove and the main Conservative Cabinet ministers who


said they were backing Out. It means they can spend up to ?7 million,


then they can raise money and ?7 million, the other groups can only


spend ?700,000, they have an advantage, they can spend more. But


these other groups, by aggregating all of that parts of ?700,000, can


spend a lot more, it is OK by the rules. But Grassroots Out, the


organisation led by Ukip and Nigel Farage, which lost out on being the


designated Out grouping, will sue? They are seeing lawyers today and


tomorrow morning. That could mean that if a judge orders a stay on the


process it could delay the June 23 referendum, because you need your


10-week window, which starts on Friday, or it won't happen any more.


Unbelievably, this could go on forever. So going back to the Daily


Express, the battle for Britain beginning, it might not. May be as


battle between the Brexit groups will remain a sideshow, or maybe it


will disrupt the process itself. Clearly, the Remain campaign will be


hoping there is a lot of Nigel Farage on the telly talking about


his attempt to derail the official Brexit campaign, because what they


would like on the Remain side is as much Ukip as possible, because that


is not a turn on for the middle-of-the-road voters. Farage


once the two to come together. He is quite keen on the two getting


together and working out a way forward. But I am saying that on the


Remain side they want as much barrage in the news as possible so


there is a battle going on between the two sides. Yes, but does Vote


Leave once Farage? On the Leave site, many want to move on, someone


to stay and fight field battle. Nigel Farage said he wanted to bring


them together. During the general election last year we had a lot of


coverage of what they call process stories, and, in the end, not enough


coverage of the substance of the case and the issues, and if we have


ten weeks of process issues about who is in and out of various sides,


it will not be very helpful to the electorate, it would be good to move


some substance. Lovelace let's go to The Times, voters turn away from the


EU as trust in Cameron slides. The vote is on a knife edge,


Corbynista make the speech was staying in Europe first remark he


makes a big speech tomorrow? MIRANDA: he does indeed, it is


important that Labour mobilises if Remain has any chance. That this was


Cameron peers tactical move to buy off the wing of his own Conservative


Party worried about Ukip and the centre of gravity of the


Conservative Party has moved to yours get the glaze. He is the


figurehead, like it or not. Whether Corbin could convince Labour voters


to back Cameron peers rather crazy throughout the day 's referendum is


very, very difficult to bet on -- whether Corbyn could. When I look at


this story I am amazed. Less than a year ago David Cameron and George


Osborne pulled off a spectacular surprise winner of a majority in the


House of Commons for the Conservative Party, here they are


now and the authority has just led away from David Cameron because its


issue. But while I agree. I think it is likely Cameron peers fault. In


75, Wilson stood above the referendum, he got it happening and


let everyone fight. Cameron has put himself on one side and fired via


the other side, on which said many of his Cabinet members. His position


as Prime Minister becomes attacked, not a good look. Arguably you could


say that he has the deal and will let everyone fight over it, arguably


you could say he has attacked the other side. I would say it has


damaged his authority in the party and the country. Is that the debate


over the EU referendum that has affected trust, or Panama Papers or


a combination? In this article it said that the economy is an issue,


but there is a feeling of overstretch at the heart of


Government, you are seeing that with Panama... The steel crisis. Why was


Sajid Javid in Australia, not in Mumbai on the day it happened,


fighting for Tata Steel? I think this is causing problems. They are


starting to look a bit accident prone, you don't want an accident


prone leader, you want a leader who attracts a lock, then luck builds


trust, etc. -- attract luck. Why they have gone through this in 2016


instead of waiting for the last moment in 2017, as promised, they


wanted to go early to avoid what is normally referred to as mid-term


blues, when every Government becomes unpopular in the mid-term, you take


unpopular decisions, you have irritated certain groups. But


already they have irritated enough people that they are experiencing a


slump that endangers the result. So I do saying that results could oil


down to confidence in Cameron rather than the issues relating whether we


should be in or out? A few weeks out it will be more about the position.


This article is about what Corbyn has done on Europe, not much. Alan


Johnson is the Labour lead campaigner for Remain. He is not


doing enough. Really, 31% of the electorate want to hear from Corbyn


and the Remain side hope they can convince him to vote, because


currently Cameron is speaking to the minority who voted him in the last


election. The Guardian, Christopher, benefit


fraud or tax evasion, a row? It is a real head for the SNP at my


ministers questions, and as Robinson has got some numbers showing there


are over 3000 DWP, Department for Work and Pensions, staff, assigned


to investigate welfare fraud, and just 300 dealing with the rich. So


the idea is why the Government is chasing after low margin examples of


welfare fraud when they are not going for the big ticket items.


Arguably, we said earlier that this is perhaps the type of opposing that


Jeremy Corbyn should be doing, arrows aimed at the heart of


Government which will give you a splash hours later on the front of


the Guardian. This is interesting, the suggestion is that ?1.3 billion


is lost in benefit fraud every year. A relatively low amount. Yet they


have 3000 plus inspectors. Yet it is ?34 billion, officially, lost in tax


evasion. Labour says it is actually ?120 billion. What is going on? In


recent years, during the coalition years, they bumped up the number of


people trying to target unpaid tax, both corporate and personal, we


should say, because the big-ticket tax evasion is why companies, if we


could get that right and if all of the countries in the EU and


to prevent multinationals playing to prevent multinationals playing


games with where they claim they are making a profit, it would make a


huge difference. I agree, this is really good politics. Angus


Robertson has come up with a killer fact, that the numbers investigating


tax evasion are totally dwarfed by the numbers investigating welfare


fraud, which is quite a low cost to the taxpayer. Christopher, why isn't


Jeremy Corbyn saying this? Good question. On Wednesdays, I watch him


perform, he is quite windy Ritter, he seems quite impatient with the


MPs shouting -- quite a windy rater. I don't really maximises his six


questions. He needs to have this type of sharp questioning, it will


deliver head on the Government, there is no point in being in


opposition if you cannot make heads. We only have 30 seconds, diet for a


year to keep the weight off for good. The three others felt very,


very slim and light! We don't have to worry about this. Miranda? There


has always been a confusion about why if people go on the diet and


come off, the weight goes back on instantly, they have worked that you


had to do it for a full year for the chemical reactions in your body to


stop telling you to eat too much, essentially. You know what they say,


diet always begin tomorrow, this seems yet another good reason to not


even started. The start of the diet for the referendum campaign starts


tomorrow! Christopher, Miranda, thank you for coming in.


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 seven days a week at bbc.co.uk/papers,


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Thank you Miranda Green and Christopher Hope.


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