26/12/2016 The Papers


26/12/2016

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after already splurging on pre-Christmas discounts.

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

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With me are the political commentator, Jo Phillips,

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and the Political Editor of the Sunday Mirror

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A picture of George Michael dominates the front page of the i -

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with the paper focusing on the charitable donations made

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Meanwhile, the Mirror has speculation about how

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The former Wham frontman, is also pictured in the Telegraph.

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But the paper's main story, is a warning from England's chief

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nursing officer that the NHS should spend more money looking

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And finally the Express leads with a report from a pro-Brexit

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campaign group which claims that the UK will be at least

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450 million pounds a week better off,

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The Times's main story claims the nuclear safety regulator has

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turned a blind eye to dozens of serious mistakes at power plants

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The Guardian says NHS services for children with mental health

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needs are so substandard they are prolonging their suffering.

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And the Sun dedicates its front page to George Michael -

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showing a picture of him in his heyday, the headline says

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The papers, the tabloids were not always particularly kind to George

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Michael but in death they What is interesting about The Sun

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and the Daily Mirror is that they choose to different front pages. The

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Sun shows George Michael in his heyday, the picture is some years

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old. The Mirror has chosen a picture of where George Michael is looking

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fat and bloated and it is all recent picture. The Sun, inside, shows that

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picture also but it isn't the way they chose their front pages. Over

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the years, George Michael has done enough things to keep himself in the

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news. One would argue that what happens with celebrities is that

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when he was finally caught by a Los Angeles police officer in a lavatory

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in LA, the job until then had been beefy, heterosexual man and that

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helped him to come out. From what he has said since, he was quite pleased

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to come out because he worried about what would happen to his career if

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people knew he was gay. The Mirror front page, they say they have

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details of his death. As Nigel was suggesting, quite different... It is

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veering into the not quite so a a idolising. His lover told the paper

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told him how he found him dead on Christmas Day and revelations from

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apparently friends saying he had been hosting wild all-night parties

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before his death. The inevitable commentary of local people who

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spotted him in a restaurant. And that is probably where that teacher

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came from. That picture they say is George Michael in September.

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Exactly. In The Mirror, from Tony Parson, who was George Michael's

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higher refund but he wrote this in 2011 when George Michael was

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actually dying from pneumonia in a Vienna hospital and it was about the

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30 years he had known him and he says that George went from being too

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fat, Ron Smart too stupid, from straight to overtly gay, from a

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responsible driver to someone who crashed into a shop. It is that

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celebrity and all the interviews I heard from George Michael, there was

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this conundrum, this lack of self-confidence despite this amazing

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talent. "In The Mirror, in his words, there is no such thing as a

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reluctant star, stars are almost always people who want to make up

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for their weaknesses by being loved by the public and I no exception. It

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is interesting he had that tag. What he really wanted was claimed, that

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he craved it, never thinking what fame brought and what it meant. With

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an came a nice big house, any car he wanted. In a sense, he was quite

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naive about his celebrity and then discovered some of the advantages.

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He was never quite sure of himself. But he found it hard to cope with

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fame, having achieved it. Yes, that's right. And a lot of the

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things he kept secret. One of the interesting quote from the Daily

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Mirror is that everything had been very complicated recently. We did

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not know what that means. What was quite behind George Michael's death

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but there seems to be something going on. The high talk about what

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an amazing philanthropist he was. The Blakey did for charity without

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being noticed. Again, it goes back to that being, that is the

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conundrum. Someone who wanted fame, as someone who got huge wealth

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through his fame and then was giving money away and millions and millions

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of pounds to charities. He gave all the royalties from Jesus to a child,

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a huge hit, to a charity. Apparently he gave a complete stranger, a woman

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he watched on TV programme he was trying to get money for a programme

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and he gave her money. He gave a lot for the NHS. Generous with text.

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?500 to one. We did not know his wishes but there is a different

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picture of him. I had that dominates more than the bloated... A wonderful

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singer and star who sadly died at the age of 53. The Times, their main

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story is about the nuclear industry and the safety regulator they say is

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accused of turning a blind I? The things they turned the blind eye to

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on the surface - a torpedo going up in another. The radioactive material

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involved in accidents on the roads and this stuff spilling out which

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they said was not dangerous at all and everything was fine. But the

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idea of a torpedo floating around does not sound that harmless but,

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again, that does not know. I do not know whether it patted out or

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whatever. But the Times have a lot of instances they have here that are

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enough that if you were a campaigner against regulate loads being hauled

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up and down the countries in trains on roads, this gives your own -- an

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awful lot of ammunition. Still in the Times, you can plead guilty

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online to speed the wheels of justice? This is part of the prison

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reform Bill. To keep minor offenders out of the court system. Offences

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like TV Licence evasion, motoring, traffic events, fare dodging, the

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plan is that some of these could be Internet based administrative and

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you would be able to logon, view the penalty, accepted the conviction and

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pay, rather like you do, I think, for most fixed penalty parking

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fines. But the association is concerned and say it is justice

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being done outside public scrutiny and some offenders will plead guilty

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when they should not but on the other hand, this could free up the

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delays... Surely you can say that pop, guv and Payet online. -- payee

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it online. But if you are not guilty... Presumably you can contest

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it. Fair point. The Telegraph have a story about how Bottas in towns and

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cities with large Woodland communities were there are about

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electoral fraud may need to show their passport or driving licences

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before they can vote? This is a scandal. First of all, targeting

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Muslim areas but what they would argue is that they are targeting

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areas where there is a lot of electoral fraud and they happen to

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be Muslim areas. But the bit that gets to me is that people should

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bring ID to vote. Voting is a bright and the right people in this country

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who do not have a passport, driving licences, credit card and you cannot

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say you disenfranchise these people. Having a new system of voting,

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whether it is electronic and a secure, is one thing but the idea of

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making people produce things they may not have two exercise of the

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right to vote is not on. ID cards via the back door. It is this

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targeting of particular ethnic areas that will mean an outrage. This is

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not acceptable. We are reaching the end of the Brexit a year... I think

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2017 will be pretty much about Brexit as well! The Express have got

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the EU - Brexit is going to save us ?450 billion per week. Oh, yes and

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if you read it the story is for change Britain which was Vote Leave.

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They are sensible reputable people by this report is like saying I have

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been to the sale, I have got this fantastic bargain look how much I

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saved but not looking at how much you actually have spent. It could -

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could, deliver and free burdens and regulations and allow the UK to

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Fords new trade deals and they say figures are very conservatives and

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GDP could be boosted by another 80.5 billion and so on and so on but none

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of this talks about what we get currently from the EU in terms of

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research grant... It is a wish list. If we do a deal with the Tahrir, if

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we do a deal with Asian economies... We have to do the deals first. I am

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sorry to sound sceptical but we saw that on the buses during the

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referendum campaign. Do you think Theresa May will keep to the

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timetable of triggering Article 50? I can't see why not, if they vote

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then MPs will go for it. They might try to turn on the odd amendment

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here and there if they can. But yes, I think she will. We will

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have to see whether or not she gets forced into a general election. You

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were mentioning the sales as a metaphor, but let's talk about the

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real Boxing Day sales. ?4 billion bonanza as foreigners boost the

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Boxing Day sales. Foreigners, we like them now! This is the Daily

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Express, that's OK then! Why are foreigners coming? Because of the

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pound! It is astonishing. We were talking before we came on air about

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the old days when there would be a very posh person from the BBC who

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would interview a young couple sitting outside a department store

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somewhere and they were going to go to Safer for ?20. There's a woman

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quoted here who bought two pairs of shoes that were reduced from ?630 to

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?90 a pair, if you can afford to spend that on shoes then you

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probably don't need to go in that crash in the sales! I find it

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astonishing. But it is good for retail. You're not a salesperson? I

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hate shopping, I can think of so many things I would rather do. I'm

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not going to the sales. I don't know why people would want to do this

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when you had so many discounts before Christmas. During the

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Christmas shopping was astonished to see how much was cheaper, as if it

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was a perpetual sale. Great for the retail sector if people want to go

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out, but not for me. Many thanks to both of you. I guess it is the last

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time we will see you this year. Bargain basement, we are! Our very

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own Boxing Day sale with Joe and Nigel. Thanks and happy New Year to

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both of you. Coming up next on BBC News it is time for Sportsday.

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