27/12/2016 The Papers


No need to wait to see what's in the papers - Clive Myrie presents a lively and informed conversation about the next day's headlines.

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


With me are the parliamentary journalist Tony Grew


and the broadcaster and journalist, Sean Dilley.


Tomorrow's front pages, starting with:


Actress Carrie Fisher's death at the age of 60


is the main focus of the Independent.


The paper also claims to have seen plans to topple Unite union's chief


Carrie Fisher also makes headlines in the Mail -


as does new analysis from researchers


that 80% of the middle-aged population


The Express also features the new health figures,


reporting that diabetes among the middle-aged has doubled.


The Daily Telegraph claims that the Armed Forces face another


round of cuts, partly due to the fall in the pound.


It also notes transport disruption due to cold weather across the UK.


The Times reports that the government will reform charges


for electric car charging, to combat the steep costs that


The paper also carries an image of Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia.


And finally, the Sun also pays tribute to Carrie Fisher,


and reports that George Michael will be buried in his


Carrie Fisher, whose picture is pretty much on every front pageant


not surprisingly. An iconic figure for many fans of the movies and


especially the Star Wars movies. She will be most remembered as Princess


Leia did not need a hero to rescue her. She was one of the first


Hollywood stars to speak openly about her struggles with addiction.


She spoke about her experience of going through rehab so for many


people she will be remembered as a feminist icon but also a mental


health figure. Very fond treatment of the death of someone who is much


loved across the world. Relatively young, like George Michael, who was


53, she was 60. I wonder whether when we hear these stories, yes,


they are iconic, it will be impactful too fans, the Star Wars


fans, to George Michael music fans. But the fact, 53, 60, I think people


find these less explicable than... You are talking about people who of


a horrible year for celebrities. What they had in common was that


creative but troubled souls, in a way? And the fact they spoke


publicly about that no doubt would have helped many people come to


terms with their own struggle. It is a bit of a cliche but at the time


when those two were doing it, it was something that was not done. Those


with things he did not talk about. Carrie Fisher, in particular, just


her spirit, her ability to come he knew to be a funny and controversial


and interesting person. The complete opposite of the bland movie star.


With George Michael as well. It was lovely to find out about the


altruistic acts that he was doing, charities, and money he gave away.


It is really interesting, you kind of learned something behind the


public face, behind the trouble and I suspect that will be the case with


Carrie Fisher as well. Personal stories that we may think, rather


guiltily that are not experience. The main front-page headline here, a


crackdown on rip-off charges for electric cars. One of the government


big push us is to get people to drive more low emission cars by


2020. But there is a disparity in terms of charging and the rules


about charging electric cars around the house. 90% are charged at home


but the problems people have is when they are further away from home,


some of these charges could reach 7.50 and find this fascinating, at


least 93 pricing accommodations are used in a different charge polls are


round the country. I loved the story because of their recognising


something stopped the target was to have 9% of low emission vehicles by


2020 now reports suggest that the way we are going it will be 7% and,


listen, statistics and figures aside, wouldn't it be brilliant as


well as getting capital cities with congestion charges, getting


incentive to get fuel free. A name for where you are worried about


whether the car is going to get from point now to point B it is called


range anxiety. Not enough charging point is one of the issues? It says


there are 11,000 public charging points in Britain... Which isn't


very many... There are actually significantly more than petrol


stations are relatively. It takes longer to charge a car... But those


charging point would not be surprised if they are concentrated


in the city. If you are in the countryside, you could find a sock


in difficulty. Frankly, my view is the government does not want to


invest in the infrastructure and spend money on it. They will have to


because with all sorts of insurance is, reducing emissions, we are going


to see those generous purchase fees. We are going to have to see that


because otherwise these diesel vehicles are going to carry on being


bought and government will have to Shell out money for not being as


green. The Telegraph have got the Armed Forces facing new cuts and


apparently because of the new pound? They have been under pressure right


from 2010 when the coalition government came into force.


Obviously several things have changed since then... Brexit. The


pound is much weaker and a lot of American equipment now costs a lot


more money. There are other pressures. The government came up


and said that we are funding the Armed Forces properly or the next


ten years. When you look behind the figures is what they have done is


taken out pension commitments, US peacekeeping costs and they have


dumped it elsewhere. It was creative counting by the government. The


Armed Forces would told they were getting more money but they were


hidden extras. And now the settlement given by the government


in the STS are, means that last year and this year they have not been


getting the money they were promised and they may be in financial


squeeze. Military costs money and they do not feel they are getting


the money. They are saying invest more and protect the nation. The


Telegraph have a story about potential peers, Dippel nominated


for a peerage -- people, should be given an interview to test their


suitability. Literally hundreds of people being nominated, be they do


know is, aides to senior politicians, almost a little piece


of living offers a reward. Remember cash for honours stop Theresa May's


ethics adviser... I think that is what they are being called... Is


saying we need to have a seat down, a jolly good chat, a cup of coffee


and work out whether they are suitable. Do you want the title or


would you be better off buying one of those titles of the Internet.


Wrinkly, if somebody is donating a lot of money to a political party


and in return they are receiving a peerage, I would suggest it is


tantamount to little more than bribery. What about the unions and


the Labour Party? State funding. There are not any other options.


There are. Since there is not the electoral system which many people


criticise any way, ultimately, it should erratically be the upper


house of the UK Parliament... Parliament is... Lets face it back


on King Charles I who lost his head therefore the Queen has lost her


right to have a say. The House of Lords is more or less having to


rubberstamp things because they are stuck in there in the first place.


They go through a screen each process are ready. But if you want


to sit and have a chat with them, they have to have some understanding


of the Constitution. Look, we need to separate honours from


legislation. What we do it like the state... That is too complicated.


And we do not have time to discuss that. The Daily Mail, health curse


of the middle-aged. Tony, I not looking at you. You are not even


middle-aged, I know that. 80%, they say are overweight, lazy or drink


too much. Thank you for that, by the way. These are shocking figures. 80%


of people in your age group... Thank you for that! 77% of men are


overweight. That alone is a public health crisis coming down the track


for the NHS. Then in diabetes. Only 13% of men and with 1% of women are


normal weight, physically active and do not treat too much. The problem


is these warnings have been issued before and no one has taken notice.


These people will end up having extremely unhealthy periods in the


latter part of their lives. It is a concern for the NHS, social care


cost an across-the-board. Seeing headlines like these, we have seen


them, but no one seems to be listening. Again, frankly, if you


look at all the headlines, what is interesting about the paper review


tonight is that all the papers have gone on the same story including


this public health story. This is not new news. There is a quiet


period where it is likely to get splashed on the papers. The cost of


the NHS, the future of the nation but ultimately what do you do to


persuade people. Do you say it is the job of the state to enforce that


on people which is a little bit 1984... Sorry, if you are going to


have a health service... It is another debate we cannot get into


because we only have one minute for the last story in the financial


time, high it executive pay and good performance. Apparently, the link is


negligible? Is that a surprise? No. The idea of performance related pay


within big organisations as was be difficult to prove. They have strove


not to try to make that direct correlation. Basically, it says that


over a decade, pay rises have gone up 80% for CEOs but 1% in terms of


performance. It seems we are not getting a good return for the


investment. I think I would say we are in a more competitive


environment now and if you pay peanuts... I do not have the finish


that sentence. You cannot underpay people. The market rate has gone up.


A bag of sugar has cost a lot more. My view is that if you're going to


raise the pay, you should also be increasing the pay for people that


actually work in the company. We have run out of time. Health issues,


constitutional issues... We got through the papers. Thank you. That


is it from the papers. Many thanks for joining us. That is all for us.


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