27/12/2016 The Papers


27/12/2016

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

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With me are the parliamentary journalist Tony Grew

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and the broadcaster and journalist, Sean Dilley.

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Tomorrow's front pages, starting with:

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Actress Carrie Fisher's death at the age of 60

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is the main focus of the Independent.

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

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Carrie Fisher also makes headlines in the Mail -

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as does new analysis from researchers

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that 80% of the middle-aged population

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The Express also features the new health figures,

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reporting that diabetes among the middle-aged has doubled.

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The Daily Telegraph claims that the Armed Forces face another

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

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

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The Times reports that the government will reform charges

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for electric car charging, to combat the steep costs that

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

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

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and reports that George Michael will be buried in his

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

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

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

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

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Hollywood stars to speak openly about her struggles with addiction.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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well as getting capital cities with congestion charges, getting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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charging point would not be surprised if they are concentrated

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

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

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

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

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

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because otherwise these diesel vehicles are going to carry on being

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

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

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

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from 2010 when the coalition government came into force.

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

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

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

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

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

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taken out pension commitments, US peacekeeping costs and they have

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

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

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hidden extras. And now the settlement given by the government

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

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

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

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

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Telegraph have a story about potential peers, Dippel nominated

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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These people will end up having extremely unhealthy periods in the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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