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


tomorrow. Deputy opinion editor of accounting, Harker. Welcome.


Westminster correspondent for the press and Journal, Lindsay Watling.


The Times leads with a warning from health experts against going ahead


with the rear Olympics over fears of the spread of the Zika virus. The


Daily Mail leads on pensions prospect of the youth vote. The


express says the Prime Minister has no real fears that the Dutch economy


if there is a vote to leave. -- fears for the British economy.


Lloyds bank is poised to make its first acquisition since been dealt


out by the taxpayer according to the Financial Times. And older drivers


should we allow to carry on until 75 without renewing their licence,


according to an official report, on the front of the Telegraph. The


Guardian continues the debate on legal highs with the warning of the


dangers of black-market drugs. Finally, the Mirror, accusations of


the wife of Johnny Depp, that he assaulted her with a phone. Let's


start with the Daily Mail. No disagreement on whether staying in


or leaving the EU would be better for us. Why staying in Europe will


harm your pension, the experts now saying that staying in could harm


your pension. More confusion, as we have been warned about today. One


day we're being told if we leave your will be at risk, tomorrow we


are then told exactly the opposite. So how do people make up their mind?


This is essentially a response to what the government put out


yesterday, just before purdah, suggesting an exit with -- would


affect pensions. But experts are mentioned three times without


actually been named. We can assume they are not significant voices


otherwise they would be named. But it is such an obvious rebuttal


because they even have a word in underlined, as if you did not


present the significance. -- appreciate. The government has put


out its line, the Daily Mail feels it must do a rapid rebuttal. Can I


move onto the next story? I am not quite ready, you from the Guardian,


so we know where your loyalties life. Our economics editor is


borderline exit. Is he? Excuse me, I've just tried to find a keyboard.


There are left-wing voices for the exit, we just hear the right-wing


one about immigration. But the left-wing case is about a remote


body which basically supports business people, improves life only


for major corporations, doing not a lot for me people. So there is a


strong left-wing case also. We will move on, as you don't like to stay


with that. Leave or remain, no wonder we are all confused. It is


not just pensions on which we had different views. It is pretty much


every aspect of what it will mean to stay off to go. The reason I want to


move on is this encapsulates the holder them. -- the whole dilemma of


information and misinformation. A committee criticised both sides


today over the figures they use. Claims from the Leave camp that


leaving would save ?350 million per week, they said was deeply


problematic. And the Remain camp, also making claims about how we


would be worse off if we leave, both been criticised for bogus claims. No


wonder people find it difficult to drill down the facts, they are all


disputed. In this debate the facts are almost irrelevant. People will


just believe the facts they want to believe. If 5000 top economists say


it will be terrible to leave the EU, then if you are so minded, then half


a dozen saying something different will sway your view. And I think


people have a view that they either believe in the EU, or they don't. It


is more of a gut instinct. You either believe that immigration is a


good or a bad thing, and that will sway your view. You believe it is


right that it is part of a global organisation which has kept the


peace and encouraged links, forming links with other countries and


nations, and that will sway you. But the actual fact, it is all fantasy,


you have got... It might not be. One sidles a, it is wonderful if we


leave, the other says, it will be an absolute disaster. Both sides are


just exaggerating wildly. But some people cannot even find big


reaction. They don't even know what reaction they should trust. Should


it be the heart of the head? What other people are saying that they


don't know which way to vote, even now, they could go into the ballot


booth on the day and just have to take a guess.


The key thing is to look at different areas that are important


to you, arguments for and against. Tom Hunter commissioned a book, last


month, essentially lots of experts who came together and wrote


different chapters on different sections of the judgment. It was a


very balanced take. As close to an independent look as you will get.


If you have got time to read it, quick. Finally, on the EU, for the


moment, here is the Guardian. Delia Smith is having her say. Daily scare


tactics beggar belief, they are not working, the debate is an unsavoury


petty squabble, it is time to grow up. What I find is interesting is


that even when both sides are criticised by the Treasury Select


Committee for exaggerating claims, they then attacked each other for


the criticism that each had received. It just did not stop.


Everybody is just piling in. But I did think it is people adding up


figures and saying, my ?137 a week that I might lose will swing it, or


this pension argument the Daily Mail has on the front age, I think people


feel it in a way that, you know, they either tolerate immigration or


not, or they feel bonded to Europe and they feel, you know, like young


people, especially, feel like they want to go to Europe as they think


it will allow them to travel more, they conceded a future lying in


travelling across the continent, and they like the idea of free movement.


Those are the issues. Why is Delia Smith being asked for her opinion.


Although she title to -- she is entitled to it as much as anybody.


She sums up what many are thinking. People are fed up, you are talking


about the fighting between the camps, there is even fighting within


the Remain camp, with the SNP being told, have got to make a more case.


All these exaggerating claims they are being told off for by the


Treasury committee. In a nutshell that and actually type people are


feeling and could feed into a lower turnout which is no good thing. I


should mention that we had a bit of a tug of war at the Guardian over


this piece, because she wrote it as a comment peacefully opinion


section, my section, but they stole the front page. They were right to.


We hear from politicians of the time but this is a different voice. It


meant that my headline did not make it into the paper. And did you know


what the headline was? Let's be having EU! The main picture on the


times, President Obama embracing a The main picture on the times,


President Obama embracing a Hiroshima survivor. No apology, but


nobody expected one. I think what it symbolises, his breakdown of race in


the USA, he can do things that US presidents have not done. Embracing


links with Cuba. And going there and embracing a Hiroshima survivor, an


incredible image, somebody who survived an atomic bomb, and the


president going there. People tend to do apologies. Japan has


apologised for what it did, it sort of apologised, Britain has


apologised for slavery, things like that, but it describes strange that


the US will not apologise. But then again, this is very difficult, it


was a tactical decision, there is still a justification for it in some


people's mind. And the talk of a visit for Pearl Harbor, there is


talk of a real appetite for it amongst Americans... There is a


symmetry to it. But Barack Obama is able to do this because he is coming


to the end. Politically it would be difficult for him to apologise. I


was reading today something from a survivor who was saying that, in


fact, Japan was not entirely innocent on all this either. They


have things to apologise for as well. China have been saying that,


very much so. Another story on the front of the times, move the real


Olympics over virus fears. The number of medical experts writing to


the WHO saying postponed, move it, do something, because of Zika. Just


this month the IOC said there was no need to delay, no real threat. Now


just a few weeks later we have an open letter to the WHO saying, yes


we do. It is frightening, really. Because we are a matter of months


from it. Logistically, could then be? Maybe back in London again. I


don't know. There was a suggestion. Logistically it would be difficult.


For the people of Brazil it is a real shame if there is a threat to


health I guess there is no decision. They're going through similar


problems, and impeachment process against the president of the moment.


What the scientists are saying is they expect 500,000 foreign tourists


from all over the world and what they worry about is the virus then


spreading to other parts of the world as the tourist and competitors


leave. Even if you're just a carrier of it. Especially if it goes to


poorer parts of the world, Africa, Asia, without the facilities to keep


it in check. But people travel to Brazil anyway. I guess it is just


these numbers. They have tried to kill off the mosquitoes and the


numbers have gone up. Daily Telegraph, Jeremy Corbyn misses a


memorial to go on holiday. Missing out on commemorations for the battle


of Jutland. It was a battle between the German and British grand fleets,


the only major naval clash of the First World War, and slightly


interesting because both sides claimed victory. The British lost


more ships and sailors but the Germans never ventured out into the


North Sea again. So a strategic victory. And Jeremy Corbyn has


decided not to go. Obviously he should go because it is a symbol,


you Britain, and, to commemorate it, and to support our servicemen. But I


can understand he is a man of peace. He is anti-war. And the amount of


military anniversaries that he has to go to, First World War, Second


World War, all manner of... Argentina, Iraq, Falklands, you name


it, we have similar military anniversaries around. We seem to be


constantly remembering... Shouldn't we? Indeed. This detracts from the


actual story, the commemorations, it is suddenly all about Jeremy:. David


Cameron will be there. The German president. Members of the Royal


family. Essentially it is everyone but Jeremy. I think the fact that,


you know, this is what we are talking about now, it detracts from


the importance of the commemorations themselves. We have rolling


commemorations. People did. I know it is important. Absolutely, it is a


major commemoration. But there are lots of military commemorations that


this country does, almost... Because people did. He is missing this to go


on a holiday. Perhaps you could change his plans. Changes


destination. Financial Times, this is one for Joseph, a fresh critique


of the new liberal agenda from the IMF. It is not a tabloid headline.


Essentially what it is saying is free-market economics and austerity


combined are not very much. They are making the rich richer and the poor


poorer. That is an old theme. As people have said for a long time.


But what is significant about it as it is coming from the IMF, which has


been pushing this agenda on the countries around the world for


several years now. Decades. Any sign they will stop? What he said. There


are signs of criticism, acknowledging that there has been a


very damaging aspect to the policies the IMF has been pushing. Pull out


then. A couple more on the Telegraph, keep driving until you


are 75, pensioners must be spared the hassle of renewing their licence


when they are in good health. But how do you know if they are in good


health unless somebody checks? I like this idea because it should be


about whether somebody is capable of driving still, not how old you are.


It is a just to say... Some people are in their 20s or 30s when they


cannot drive. Indeed, but to say you have to stop driving at 75 or have a


checkup seems ages. But it is good because many older people are


isolated and if you can get in your car and drive then you can go and do


things, you are more likely to cause less money to the NHS. Older drivers


are often safer. Certainly safer than kids under 25, that is sure.


Obviously they still have an age limit, they are just raising it to


75. But they are saying that once people reach 70 we need to start


apply for a licence. A lot of people simply don't bother to renew. It has


got to be a good thing and given that we need to retire later, work


longer, all because we are told it would be healthier, then this is at


least the plus side. The last story we will look at is the cheeky face


of Chris Evans, who was on the front of the Daily Telegraph he says top


tier will drop the offensive jokes. Who could he be referring to? No


idea. I guess it is a good thing. With Jeremy Clarkson, if you'd is


talking about him, we did have a lot of... Every few months a new


controversy. He offended just about everyone in the world. Argentinians,


Mexicans... For some people that was part of the appeal of the programme.


Not personally, but a lot of people locked all the offensive jokes. But


it was a programme about cars. Chris Evans says that have spread


assessor's politically incorrect humour added nothing to the


programme. Many viewers will disagree. You like to be edgy and to


have humour. But sometimes the amount of offence caused when a


bit... Obviously I think that his ego got out of hand. He felt he


could not only insult people punch them also. And Chris Evans wants to


chart his own path. You want to make his own thing. There was a recent


episode where they filmed something and they were speeding past the


Cenotaph and it had to be cut. A steep learning curve. Thank you


both. That is all for the papers for tonight. Next, time for the weather.


Another bank holiday weekend another less than straightforward forecast.


There are still some complications but for most of us it is a weekend


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