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non-essential travel to Florida, after the state confirmed that four


people probably contracted the Zika virus from local mosquitoes.


Hello, and welcome to our lookahead at what the papers will be bringing


us tomorrow. With many other political commentator Joe Phillips


and Dawn Maria from France who is the editor in chief of Yorkshire


Women's Life. The Observer reports of former pensions minister believes


the protection for state pensions should be dropped to save billions


of pounds. The Sunday express leads on the same story, claiming millions


of people face a cut to their retirement income if the government


abandons the policy. The Sunday Telegraph says the -- Theresa May


will pledge to fight modern slavery. It also reports on the risk of the


Zika virus in Florida. The Sunday Times says prominent campaigners to


remain in the EU and former Cabinet ministers are in line for knighthood


in David Cameron's resignation honours list. The paper also reveals


four active terror terror plots inside the UK being investigated why


the police. The Mail on Sunday says women who have sex changes on the


NHS are being given free fertility treatment so they can have babies


after they become men. And the Sunday Mirror reports that the BBC


will still face legal action from Cliff Richard despite a promise to


play his new records. Let's begin. We will start with the Observer this


our, and a story about pensions. And this beginning to suggest, anyway,


that some are saying the triple lock, the mechanism by which it is


calculated, is simply too expensive. A person who is saying this in an


interview with the Observer is a baroness who was a pensions minister


in David Cameron's government. She previously advised the Blair


government on pensions and what she is basically saying is we can't


afford it. At the moment the guarantee which came in in 2010


guarantees that pensioners either get inflation or... Average earnings


or 2.5%. So given that 2.5% is more than double that rate of inflation


at the moment, and double most in the public sector, most pay rises,


it is quite unsustainable. The office for Budget responsibility


says that if you carry on with the triple lock it will add more than 1%


of national income to spending on pensions by the middle of this


century. So I think it is a question. Float it and put it out


there. Baroness Altmann is never shy about coming out with her own


opinions whether they are government policy or anyone else's policy at it


is one of those things along with many that the new government is


looking at and it is something that the new Secretary of State is going


to have to look at as well. And a lot of your readers and subscribers


for Yorkshire Women's Life are expats and pensioners, some of them,


as well. What are they saying about this issue? They didn't think that


we would vote to leave the EU and they are concerned that once Article


50 is evoked, what is going to happen in that period. They are


worried that pensions will go down so it is a question of watching and


waiting to see after we invoke Article 50. A recent survey


suggested this current generation of 30 and 40 -year-olds would be the


first generation to be poorer than their parents. That is a situation


which many politicians will be very uncomfortable about. That's true,


and the conversations I have had with my colleagues in Yorkshire have


shown there is a real fear and are worried that thirtysomethings are


worried about getting housing and jobs. Even if they get a pension


there is a real fear. There is a pitch against the younger generation


and a lot of older people who have paid into the system, not all


pensioners are rich. The other thing is that pensioners of course a vote


in droves so this is a very contentious issue. And whatever


party wants to be in government it is difficult. As you say, they vote.


Roz Altmann was campaigning to get a better deal for women whose pensions


are now coming in at 66 instead of 60, which is what we all thought was


going to happen. And that was knocked on the head. The younger


people, as you said, who are in their 20s and 30s now, are looking


at attention drifting further away like a beach ball. They are probably


going to work until they are in their 70s. It is one of those things


like saving for a pension. If you can spend 20 quid on cups of coffee


and buns during the week you can spend 20 quid to keep in a pension


pot. We are financially pretty illiterate in this country about


saving for pensions, shoring stuff up, and the government is going to


have a look and maybe look at the universal benefits pensions like the


winter fuel allowance which everybody gets, which not everybody


needs. It is certainly going to be very controversial. I want to stay


in the Observer at change to Syria, and the headline there. Families in


Aleppo fear safe passage may be a trap. This is of course the fact it


has been agreed, at least that is what every one is saying, between


Russian and Syrian forces, that they will be corridors of allowing people


trapped in Aleppo to leave the city. What has happened is Islamic State


has lost about ?100 million according to a US Major General, and


they are losing ground as well. There is also the continued


airstrikes. So people have decided in their hundreds and thousands that


rather than wait for humanitarian aid, it is best to actually leave


their city. And I feel that that is something that you would do, if you


were under such siege and having to deal with Islamic State on one side


and air strikes you would take a chance and try and leave through


those corridors. If you thought there was somewhere safe to go, and


that is one of the issues. I thought people were feeling extremely unsafe


and would rather take their chance in Aleppo. They don't trust the


Russians and Syrians who are offering them safe passage.


Basically saying why would we trust a government which has been bombing


us continually? It is a rock and a hard place, the decision. They are


not dealing with the UN, not with the Red Crescent. Would you trust


them? It is an appalling situation. It is the Stalingrad style siege for


2016. It is absolutely horrific, what is going on. Certainly the


pictures we have been showing this weekend show a city in ruins.


Absolutely. The Sunday Telegraph with a very different story, saying


that Theresa May, the new Prime Minister, on a mission to end the


evil of slavery. This is a headline which almost any Prime Minister


would enjoy seeing attributed to them. Theresa May has hit the ground


running, and she has initiatives popping up, and through briefings as


well in most of the papers so far, this is very much a personal issue.


It is an issue she took very seriously as Home Secretary. It is


quite interesting, she is talking about slavery. When you think about


slavery, what do you think of? Remember the cocklepickers in


Morcombe. Think about every town, every city in this country where


there are probably nail bath is, car washes, people living 31 people in a


4-bedroom house. These people are working but we don't know the


conditions. What she is saying is very much echoing what she said as


Home Secretary. The police are not doing enough to investigate it. So


she is personally going to cheer a Cabinet committee to actually sort


this out and make sure that when people report it, whistleblowers or


whatever, it is properly reported. The government did ring in the


modern slavery act which she drew up, so it is obviously an issue


close to her heart. And she is wasting no time in addressing some


of these things she obviously feels she needs to sort out weekly. She


has a history of looking at a quality issues, women's issues, so


for her to take this forward is no surprise and I am glad she is taking


it forward. Slavery is quite hidden in a lot of community so it is often


not seen. There is often domestic abuse, people that are au pairs,


women that are trafficked, so for police to take it seriously on


Theresa May's watch is something I would like to see go forward and I


am glad to see it happening now. Moving on to the Sunday Times, it is


not their main story, which we discussed in the first session,


instead on this power we are going to look at the terrorist story,


which the headline is police... We are going to do the review of


Cameron cronies at the moment, are we? There is a leaked list of 48


remain campaigners, donors, and in other words those that served under


David Cameron are now to be given these knighthoods and various


honours. The surprising thing is that some of them being mentioned


are serving Cabinet ministers. Yes, which is most bizarre and very


irregular. One of them is Philip Hammond, the new Chancellor, who is


amongst nine people being proposed for a knighthood. It is only a list,


and it has been leaked, and it is, as somebody has said here, it is


amazing they haven't included Larry the cat. It does appear to include


almost all the staff in Downing Street but also people like Will


Straw, the director of the remain campaign. There is also the usual


controversial thing about big Tory donors. So Ian Taylor, who has


handed the Tories more than ?1.5 million and contributed quite a lot


to the remain campaign. Whether these actually go through, I mean,


they still have to be scrutinised. There is a scrutiny process. And


they are party donors. Scrutiny is quite but I think people are a bit


sort of ho-hum about honours because very rarely are the people there. On


the other hand some of these long serving civil servants and AIDS, you


know, it is quite a tough job doing it. It is the only reward you get.


-- aides. And the police tracking four terror plots. The idea that


there are at least four active terror plots in Britain being


investigated by police and security services. Should we be surprised, or


is that just worrying? It is worrying, but we have seen the


attacks in Germany and France and we are living in heightened security


Times at this moment. We are living in a time where Islamic State is


actually asking their footsoldiers to make more attacks on western


interests. What was interesting here is the same intelligence officer


told the Sunday Times that there were four or five cases and the


sensible plot where they were planning to actually attacked


written. That is quite concerning but it sounds like the intelligence


in this country is really good, from what I understand and we need to


actually give credit to the secret services and MI5, really. They don't


get the credit that they deserve, I think, for keeping us safe. We don't


hear, one senses, about lots of plots. I think you're absolutely


right. They don't get the credit, and sometimes I think we have all


been rather cynical when they say they stopped this, that on the


other. In this current climate, when I don't think there is one single


person watching but isn't slightly worried they go to work or on


holiday, or what they are up to, and if we know that 900 people have been


prevented from travelling to Britain, to Syria, to join terror


things and this threat, you know, the new security Minister has been


having talks with retail bosses in big shopping centres. So those are


the sort of things they are looking at is obviously the experience in


mainland Europe has shown some holes in security. I want to end on a


lighter note, just briefly. All the papers in some form have something


on JK Rowling casting a new spell, where Harry Potter and the Cursed


Child, and what I like about this photo is her shoes, with this winged


angel on the back. And the lovely thing about this is the show has


been in preview for six weeks and nobody has revealed the plot. So it


is a bit like the Mousetrap, you don't say a word. It is lovely that


people have entered into the spirit of things and it is supposed to be a


fabulous show. And the producer of it, Sonia Friedman, has persuaded JK


Rowling to come out with something else. And if it encourages people to


read it almost doesn't matter what it is. I am always somebody who has


encouraged people to read and that is something I am passionate about


and if that is what happens here, and that is a good thing, obviously.


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