04/01/2017 The Papers


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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 James Rampton, features writer at the Independent,

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Tomorrow's front pages, starting with:

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The Metro claims that private companies are being employed

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to block NHS patients being referred to hospital by their GPs.

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Theresa May is set to reveal her vision for Brexit

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in a speech later this month, says The Daily Telegraph.

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Millions of people living near busy roads are at risk of dementia,

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And that story is also the lead in the Daily Mail.

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The Times carries claims that senior retired civil servants and diplomats

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are concerned about the government's lack of direction over Brexit.

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The Sun has a story of a Syrian refugee allowed into the UK

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despite being discovered with a fake passport.

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OK, so let's start with the Times. Revolt over Theresa May's

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leadership. A former ambassador to Russia gets the Brussels job. All of

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this the fallout after that shock resignation. Yes, the story has just

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rumbled on today. It seems there is some tension growing between top

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mandarins and former civil servants, and ministers. There is public

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speaking out about the resignation, and the Times leads with former

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civil servants talking about how Ivan Rogers was extremely competent

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at his role. That is in contrast to hearing voices such as Iain Duncan

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Smith this morning, and he's been speaking to media saying that this

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wasn't a civil servant to be trusted. It talks about some of

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these tensions. What does it say about the politicisation of this

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role. It seems like a poisoned chalice. That's what we are seeing

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here, the of conflict between the civil service and the political

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class, who want to see Brexit followed through, and the idea that

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the political class believes that the civil service shouldn't be

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politicised, but should be batting for the cause when it comes to

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Brexit. That's what is so bizarre about this. Surely the whole point

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of the civil service is that it is neutral, and applies objected advice

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to people without having fear or favour. The idea from some of the

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Brexiteers that they cannot be trusted... Peter Lilley said it was

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sour grapes from Sir Ivan. His job is to tell ministers what is

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happening in Brussels. Just because they don't like the sound of it

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doesn't mean he should lose his job. It smacks of one of the most

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appalling things in our campaign, when Michael Gove said, "We have had

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enough of experts". Once we get rid of experts, we are in the hands of

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people like Nigel Farage! I don't want to go down that road! The front

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page of the Daily Telegraph. May sets out a vision for Brexit. By all

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accounts, she didn't tell the Queen what her vision is. Now the front

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page of the Telegraph says we are all going to know. What is the

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vision? To remove any suggestion of muddled thinking, one of Sir Ivan's

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charges today, she says that her red line will be, if we are not allowed

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control of our borders again, we will not play any part in the single

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market. That will be the line over which she will not cross. To me,

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this smacks of desperation. Why has this come out tonight when the Queen

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allegedly was not told anything? Why does there still seem to be such a

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model between certain ministers. Liam Fox has apparently been

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sidelined. David Davis says he doesn't know what hard Brexit means.

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It is so confusing, it's as though they don't know what they are doing.

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For people who tap into Buzzfeed, for the people you cater to, I'm

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assuming slightly younger members of the public, how do you explain the

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whole Brexit phenomenon, and explain this story to them. You have a

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traditional paper here, the Daily Telegraph, putting its case. It's

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remarkable, because our readers are really interested in reading stories

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on Brexit. Especially when we are talking about the impact on the

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economy. People genuinely want to know. You mention post-truth. I

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think, at a time when perhaps you do have polarised media, this is also a

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time when people are searching for the truth, and people are turning to

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different outlets. They just want to know different perspectives, and at

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the end of the day, they want to know what's going on. Do tell us!

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What is interesting with this story in the Telegraph is that it mentions

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the three Brexiteers, David Davis, Boris Johnson and Liam Fox having an

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important role. Perhaps after the Supreme Court ruling, so we will see

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what happens. What is going to be in this speech? It says here that it is

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a vision for the future. What is that? What is Brexit? We know that

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vision. Onto the Metro. National health scandal. Bosses making

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millions are not treating patients. A remarkable headline. According to

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the Metro, at least ?57 million has been spent on schemes so that

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consultants are referring patients away from their family doctors, so

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the money isn't being spent on treating patients. I guess the money

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is being spent on more bureaucracy, and this is quite fascinating. Where

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is this money coming from? A lot of people watching will be concerned.

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People being on waiting lists not being able to get their operations

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in time, when you are seeing this amount of money going elsewhere. It

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is quite weird. If patients who should be going into the NHS are not

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being allowed to be referred into the NHS by their doctors, that saves

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money. Is it a good thing? No, because it is of the GPs who decide.

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It is outside consultants. It is costing 57 million a year to pay for

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these very expensive consultants, and there is evidence that only 14%

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of NHS commissioning groups could save any money from this. At a time

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where patients are being denied very expensive cancer drugs, to be

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spending 57 million on a scheme that isn't proven to be is saving money

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is a scandal, and I think that the headline is right. Onto the front

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page of the Express. Apparently, busy roads can cause dementia. This

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is based on a study from Canada. It is quite a sad story. 200,000 people

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in the UK suffer from dementia, and it is saying that people living near

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busy roads are more likely to get dementia. Especially someone who's

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been living in the capital for their whole life, this is really worrying.

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We have heard lots of stories talking about the impact of

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pollution on asthma, but I haven't really seen anything on this before.

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So is it pollution or noise affecting the brain? It is the

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particles from pollution getting into the system, and I guess this

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affects the bodily functions, and this is what causes dementia. I just

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think it's really devastating. What can you do about this? There's a lot

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of people living in busy cities. But calm down, because it might not be

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true. A story in the Express that might not be true! What is the

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veracity of the study? It is a big study. They have studied 7 million

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people, and they have concluded in Ontario that you are 12% more likely

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to suffer from dementia later in life if you live near a busy road.

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That is very shocking. Going back to the NHS, we have a huge crisis with

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care for older people, many of whom, 200,000 already a year, being

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diagnosed with dementia. If that is going to get worse, it is incumbent

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on the NHS to make sure it is spending its money well. Here we

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have a story about all migrants should learn English. We are going

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to skip over that. Buzzfeed. Trump trusts WikiLeaks astonish over US

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intelligence agencies. Mr Assange has said that it was not WikiLeaks

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that gave the information about the democratic committee in America. Mr

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Trump is taking his information over that from him rather than US

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intelligence agencies. This is an astonishing story. Julian Assange

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comes out and says, Russia is not my sources. And then Donald Trump is

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tweeting away, saying... It is strange that the intelligence

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briefing has been delayed, and he has been quoting Mr Assange heavily

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today. OK, taking Julian Assange's perspective over intelligence

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experts... It is the first time you have an incoming US president

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quoting Julian Assange. Giving that he is Public Enemy Number one for

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everyone in the intelligence community, and accused of sexual

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assaults, hiding in the Ecuadorian Embassy... The decision by the

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President-Elect to back him against his own intelligence services seems

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bizarre. Off air, we were talking about the threat of the Trump

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presidency, and this absolutely pinpoints its me. He is a man who

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speaks before he thinks, and he is saying, Julian Assange, and man

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accused of sexual assault who has hidden out in an embassy for several

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years, who is the most wanted man by the knows more than all of the

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highly paid 12 intelligence agencies in the US is absolutely nuts. It

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does fit in with the idea of a man who shoots from the hip all the

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time. Mike Pence, the US Vice President elect had a very polite

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message, and Trump went ballistic. Vanity fair produced a critical

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review of one of his restaurants, and he said, Vanity fair must close!

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Do you see Donald Trump calling off the Department of Justice on the

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house of Mr Assange? We will see, but in the media we take a lot of

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his tweets literally. On face value. A lot of people don't take it as

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seriously. Do you think it is an imposter? No, but we will see what

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happens. Before Obama was president, he was not tweeting as much, so this

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is crazy. Thank you both so much for the King at some of the stories

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behind the headlines. Don't forget all the front pages

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are online on the BBC News website where you can read a detailed review

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of the papers. It's all there for you - seven days

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a week at bbc.co.uk/papers. with each night's edition

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of The Papers being posted on the page shortly

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after we've finished. Cold and frosty for many

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through the night. But during the day today

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it was a cold one across much of north-eastern Scotland,

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particularly because Temperatures peaked at around 5

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degrees but add on the wind

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