14/02/2017 The Papers


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


With me are Ruth Lea, Economic Adviser at Arbuthnot


Banking Group, and John Rentoul, political columnist


Tomorrow's front pages, starting with...


The Metro leads with the assassination of the North Korean


leader's half brother at Kuala Lumpur airport,


The Daily Telegraph reports on how an expected rise in business


rates might hit the NHS, saying health trusts


The NHS is on the front of the 'i' too, they have an exclusive


investigation into the future of emergency care -


claiming dozens of A E units could close.


House prices are soaring, according to the Daily Express.


The paper says investing in property is the best way to save.


Ukip leader Paul Nuttall has questions to answer,


says the Guardian, after he admitted he did not lose 'close


personal friends' in the Hillsborough disaster -


The Daily Mail is angry with ministers who they say


are betraying their campaign to crack down on plastic


Hopefully we will get to that later, but we will start with the "i". 24


A units face closure. It is claiming that dozens of casualty


departments are marked for closure or downgrading despite record


overcrowding. I like the way it said that bosses were doing this to


concentrate specialist services, and they thought it might save lives. It


is a wonderful rationalisation. They are under more pressure on probably


need more funding, but this brings in the whole question of how you get


extra funding into the NHS. It already has ?120 billion. It is time


to think about other forms of finance, whether it is a social


insurance system or people spending more on their own health. I think it


is now time to actually start thinking, how do we get more money


into the NHS? Of raising taxes was mac that will come up in the budget


next month, I suspect, because there is this terrifying figure that


spending per head in the NHS will fall next year. I can't believe the


Government will allow that to happen, so I suspect Philip Hammond


will announce more emergency money for the NHS next year in the budget.


But I think Ruth is right. You can we liked all the metaphors. That


will only be a sticking plaster, not a permanent solution. The demands on


the NHS just get greater and greater, not least because


treatments get more expensive. There is more that you can do. 50 years


ago, we didn't have the treatment we have today, and we have an ageing


population. There is the other problem of social care. There, I


really would bring in an insurance system. I think we have to think


about this quite hard. Something has to be done. The Telegraph has: A


crippling rates rise in the NHS, adding fuel to the fire that the NHS


is in crisis. This is a technical story about the way that business


rates fall on public bodies, just as they fall on private sector bodies.


Buried in there is the story that Amazon is going to see its business


rates fall next year, which is odd. I don't pretend to understand it,


but it is obvious that the NHS is under extreme pressure, and this is


an additional pressure on it. You know about business - how can that


be? The NHS, having financial problems, is being hit with business


rates. Amazon, which has more money in the world than any other company


apart from Apple is seeing falling rates. I do think the Treasury needs


to have a look at this. Small businesses, particularly in the


south-east, have got whacking great rate rises as well. The trouble is,


the rates are meant to be upgraded or changed every five years, but


they haven't been for ten years, so the whole valuation has got horribly


out of kilter. It amused me, it said here in the Telegraph that there is


rolling concerning Whitehall about the impact of rate rises, continued


on page two. And we don't have page two. Perhaps the Treasury is looking


at this will stop it seems bonkers. Although, I have to say, we have


page four of the Express. Some papers get preferential treatment


because we get the inside pages but others don't send them. Putin live


forces up top adviser after just 24 days. Michael Flynn, national


security adviser to President Trump, has had to resign because he


apparently had a meeting with a Russian envoy and talked about


something he shouldn't have done. It is a confusing story. I think what


he did wrong was that he wasn't completely straight with the vice


president about what he has said. So he lied about what he had said? It


is always the cover-up that gets you. I think it is surprising,


because for the first time, President Trump has only been in


office for a few weeks, but already he is suddenly behaving like a


normal politician, instead of doing what he normally does - double down


and say that nothing is wrong, nothing to see here, and start


attacking other people. He has done what a normal politician does, which


is to sack someone from getting into trouble. Ruth, he did double down


for three weeks. He knew about this conversation. Three weeks that they


knew about this, and they desperately try to save him, or one


faction in the White House did. It gets more and more muddy, as far as


I can see. The story now is that he misled Mike Pence, the vice


president, who went on television and the night that Michael Flynn had


discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador on the phone. Did nobody


listened to the conversation? That is the amazing thing - he is the


national security adviser and he is talking to the Russians. It is going


to be taped, you would have thought! For the person who is taking me at


the moment, this is Michael Flynn. Mitt-mac absolutely bizarre, and


slightly worrying that the national Security adviser would not know


that. Absolutely bizarre rant slightly worrying that the national


security adviser would not know that. A suggestion that Donald Trump


has ties that are too close to Russia, and the whole Trump


situation and his White House, of course, has been in the news here,


because he will be coming to the UK pretty soon, Ruth. And the Daily


Mail has the story of Theresa May saying she has assured Mr Trump that


she is looking forward to the state visit, despite this petition having


well over 1 million signatures. I signed the other one. Saying he


should be coming? Yes, I did. 300,000 people signed it. Why should


he come? I have concerns about Mr Trump, like anybody, but he is the


president of the United States of America and a very important ally to


us, and after Theresa May's visit to the White House, I think that a


build-up links with the youth to make US, particularly with Brexit


coming. I am allowed on the BBC. I try to stop it happening, Ruth. I


said no, no! The US is strategically so important now that to stop the


state visit or give him a half kilter state visit I think would be


deeply unwise. A contest of petitions is not the way to decide


these things. Certainly, 1.8 million people feel very strongly about


Donald Trump and not having in here, but we had an opinion poll in the


Independent at the weekend, and more people, when you look at the


population as a whole, think that Donald Trump should come and meet


the Queen then think the opposite, so 1.8 million people versus 300,000


- it's not the way you decide these things. It is quality, not quantity.


Talking about quality and quantity, the Financial Times - nuclear policy


hit by Toshiba, John. I thought they made video recorders, but apparently


they also put a lot of money into nuclear power plants, and this


Cumbria plant is a very important possible new nuclear power station,


if we are going to have nuclear power in this country, as most


people, I think, want to. It is also complicated because it has become an


issue in a by-election, which the Conservatives think they can win


because Theresa May is going up there to campaign, which is unusual


for a Prime Minister. When is she going? Soon, I think. She obviously


things they can win it, and if they can exploit people's fears up there


about Labour's hesitations of a nuclear power, then... It is a big


employer up there. This will throw a spanner in the box it top Sheba


Polak anyway, but Ruth knows more about that than I do. The FT had an


interesting leader today on exactly this issue. It is a classic case of


market failure where you can rely on the market to get the funding. These


problems with Toshiba just show that completely, that the Government


really does have to intervene. They will have to put their money where


their mouth is with this one. If the private sector won't pay for it,


does that not mean it is not economically viable? Our whole


economic policy is skewed, and there are all sorts of subsidies, not


least in renewables. The thing about nuclear power is that it is solid


and reliable power, and I suspect it is the sort of power we should go


for. It is expensive to bring online, that's the problem. If you


are trying to get rid of carbon, that is an issue as well. Let's go


to the metro story - assassinated at the airport. We only have about four


minutes. Kim Jong Un's playboy brother murdered. A great front page


- is it true? Presumably so if it is in the paper. If this is what a


North Korean playboy looks like, I think it is time we all moved on. It


does seem as though he has been helped into another world. According


to the metro, there was a woman with a cloth who came up behind him and


put this cloth on his face and burnt his eyes, but that was disputed in


the other papers, wasn't it? Other papers talk about needles.


Obviously, something happened, because he's dead. It is an


extraordinary story. Spy thriller material. We're not totally clear


about what exactly happened. This happened in Malaysia, by all


accounts. In Kuala Lumpur. Killing stokes tension over missile test,


John according to the paper. Kim Jong Un fired off a missile, the


first launched during President Trump's time in the White House.


Last weekend, I think it was. That's right. North Korea is a pretty


worrying place as far as the world is concerned. Donald Trump has not


responded in any sort of irresponsible way, which some people


might have feared he would have done, but this kind of shenanigans,


I mean, maybe it is not related and it is just a factional fight within


the ruling family. Who knows? We have a minute left. We can go on of


the day. -- we can go on to the story of the day. They had to find


someone with the same stature as Mary Berry. I am hoping Prue Leith


is that kind of person. She is a clock, but does she baked? -- does


she bake? Is she a baker? She is a restaurateur, so she does more than


just baking. I am questioning this. Mary Berry does more than baking.


She does cakes. Cakes is baking! I am being told I have to shut up,


which means you two have to. Ruth, John, it has been great having you.


Many thanks for that. You can see the front pages of the papers


online. It is all there for you. If you miss the programme any evening,


you can watch it later on BBC iPlayer with your favourite glass of


wine. Just relax and watch. We have been relaxed here, Ruth, John and I.


That's all for now. Goodbye. A bit of rain in the forecast over


the next few days, but nothing too severe. There will be lengthy dry


spells as we head towards the weekend and it will be mild. The


rain coming from


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