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well, 12 to 14 for Cardiff and London.


We'll be taking a look at tomorrow morning's papers in a moment -


The Chancellor, Phillip Hammond, has dismissed as "reckless" calls


for him to increase spending in his first Budget on Wednesday.


We are spending over ?50 billion a year on just paying


the interest on our debt, more than we spend on defence


The White House demands that Congress investigates


whether Barack Obama ordered wire-taps on President Trump before


A former director of National Intelligence denies the claims.


There was no such wiretap activity mounted against the


president-elect at the time, as a candidate or against his campaign.


The French centre-right presidential candidate Francois Fillon says


he won't withdraw his candidacy - but he admitted to


misjudgements in dealing with allegations of corruption.


The Iraqi army says it's close to recapturing the main government


building in western Mosul from the so-called Islamic State.


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


With me are the Mirror columnist Susie Boniface,


and the Telegraph columnist Tim Stanley.


The FT, which says the Chancellor's due to unveil tax rises


in Wednesday's Budget, as he looks to protect


the country from "unexpected challenges" from Brexit.


The Times also looks at the budget - and it pictures French presidential


candidate Francois Fillon and his wife at a rally in Paris,


amid calls for him to quit the race after fraud claims.


The I also looks at the Budget - it says Philip Hammond has been told


by doctors that the NHS needs billions of extra pounds.


The NHS also makes The Telegraph - which claims more than 600 bosses


are earning six-figure salaries, as the health service


The Metro has a warning about the mental health


of university students, reporting that suicide numbers


The Express reports research claiming a Mediterranean diet


of fruit, vegetables and oily fish could slash the risk


The Mail has an investigation into abortions, claiming some


doctors have signed them off for women they've never met.


The Guardian investigates sexual harrassment and misconduct


claims in universities, saying cases are at


Who would like to start? We will start with the Financial Times. We


are looking at the business of tax increases, something that most


people, this has escaped their attention. It is a bit of a


surprise. Philip Hammond's first proper budget and it is a Brexit


budget. He faced a choice, he could have decided to spend and invest in


infrastructure and he could have decided to cut spending and cut


taxes to turbo-charge the economy, or he could do what he is doing,


essentially create a nest egg to get the country through Brexit if the


fiscal situation is difficult so it is more about saving money with a


bit of spending on technology and science. What this means is an


actual tax rise, the Treasury has declined to comment, but one option


according to the Financial Times is raising the national insurance class


paid by the self employed by 3p in the pound. If you bear in mind last


year was a record year for start ups and many of those are self employed


people, that is what has got us through the recession, people


working for themselves. To punish those people with a tax rise, that


seems extraordinary. Very bad judgment. Putting off entrepreneurs.


Yes, but enough self employed journalists, as well. LAUGHTER


We know about how it works, but most people know they have to do a harder


job than we do. There are no the 5 million people in the UK who are


self-employed. -- there are nearly. These are people who are plumbers


and electricians, builders, many other people. To raise their


national insurance rate by a certain amount, it pays into this idea that


if you are paying the self-employed rate of tax you are paying less tax


than someone who is PAYE. We are looking for fairness. It doesn't


take into account the fact that you don't have holiday paid for and you


don't have any kind of medical benefits paid for when you are


self-employed and most people don't have pensions and you don't take


time off or have sick pay. I have a child Bhajji and I was back at work


week later. -- I had a child last year. The Chancellor feels he needs


to get money from somewhere. He has to pay for a couple of things and


the reason he will be spending is because of political embarrassment.


He has to pay to alleviate some of the problems with small businesses


who will have bubbles with the business rate hikes, most of who are


conservative voters -- who will have problems. And he needs to do with


the social care crisis and that has got to come from somewhere. He has


got to do something, then. But to take money from people who are


self-employed, to make up for those who are running small shops in


central London, that is robbing Peter to pay Paul. It is not


encouraging investors and drivers. It is not the right approach when


you are trying to tackle Brexit, to raise taxes for those who are paying


such an important role in the economy. I think that is a mistake.


And now to the Daily Telegraph FrontPage. Mobile World -- mobile


web revolution. This has been money which has been announced before in


some instances, ?1 billion investment into Brexit proved


Britain, one of the things they will try to roll out is super fast 5G. I


live in a rural area and I haven't even got 3G. This is the


self-employed having another problem. Exactly! If you live out of


London, you need to get 3G or 4G working first. The people who would


provide 5G, they are not very keen on this kind of idea. It is a


difficult business. It is all very well to say roll it out. Very


expensive. I don't know how you go before you hit hate, it is beyond my


understanding with it comes to the internet. -- H. He's putting a lot


of money into research and development in universities which


ties in the announcement from yesterday, creating tea levels which


are the technological and vocational version of A-levels, so clearly they


are putting emphasis on vocational training and research and


development. The government has also committed itself to dominating 10%


of the global space market by 2030 and they are opening a new space


research centre. This is very bright and bold. They will be spending ?500


million on helping universities to create robots who will be deep space


mining. We went been putting man interviewed others, we are going to


be sending robots. -- man into the universe. We are leaving the EU and


going up into space. Maybe there is a bigger market than the EU out


there. People might wonder about the viability of leaving Earth what is


going on. Now Donald Trump, sighing Barack Obama ordered his phone to be


tapped -- saying. It is not clear what the accuser is actually talking


about, the first scandal in history. Remarkable, just a couple of days,


635 Saturday morning, the president said on Twitter that Obama had put a


wiretap on Trump Tower. Sean Spicer said they demand that Congress


investigates this accusation that his boss has made. But they won't


comment on that until Congress has, which is a way of trying to wrap the


thing up in one go. Donald Trump, they are being investigated for


supposed contacts with Russia, and he is serious about that in he feels


his agenda of fielding a wall and protecting jobs should be dominating


-- building. He is trying to turn the story into a story of the


establishment trying to deny him the election by wiretapping and


besmirching his election. Despite the fact he won. Yes, he is fighting


the election that he won. Donald Trump says many things in these


comments on Twitter. When he is on the toilet, first thing. Let's not


worry about the circumstances! But in this case it is probable that a


committee will probably say there is no evidence, but he is counting on


events having rushed past. And people having forgotten about it. He


has been called the deflector in chief. By some of his opponents.


Yes, and Obama does not have the power to order a wiretap on any of


his citizens. They would need to be a paper trail, disable is going on.


This seems to be how Donald Trump is governing, to say something mad and


then to go onto the next thing. -- to show what is going on. What he


says changes every day, and although we pay interest to it, and it is


fascinating in its data, it doesn't help anybody cover and analyse what


his presidency is doing. But it appeals to his supporters and they


love it. He is speaking their language. That is important. This is


a theme in conservatism that has been going on now eight years, the


press, Democrats and federal agencies have colluded in a grand


conspiracy to stop the advance of Conservative ideas and this is a


similar accusation to the suggestion that the federal tax department


targeted conservative groups under Obama, the idea that the whole


constitution has been perverted and undermined by liberals. It is


possible there is some truth in it, Marco Rubio said the president maybe


knows things that we don't know. He's the Republican governor from


Florida. But it is governing by creating a persecution complex will


and eventually this will be manifest in something else. They will turn


against somebody. And out of France. The front page of the Financial


Times. -- now to France. Francois Fillon at a big rally in Paris. It


was important that a lot of people attended and they did. What is going


on? It is complex for new readers. The French political system, it has


a series of run-offs, everyone comes forward and says they would like to


be president, they vote and it is the last two who go into the final.


At this stage Francois Fillon is the principal conservative contender but


it turns out he has been paying his wife and two children, ranging for


them to be paid for jobs they might not have done, via the taxpayer.


That has caused a scandal forced he doesn't deny that it. -- he doesn't


deny that bit. He says there is a political assassination against him,


as opposed to something which any modern political debate would focus


on because your wife and children have been paid for work they have


not done by the taxpayer. They need a standard bearer in French politics


because they have Marine Le Pen coming up on the bike hand side and


Michelle Wie one on the left. -- right hand side and then we have


Macron on the left-hand side. It is likely that Marine Le Pen will get


to the final round, and so it is important that the right candidate


makes it to the final round, as well, the one who can beat her.


Francois Fillon was regarded as the candidate but now he is tainted. So


who is going to run against Marine Le Pen? It could be someone like


Macron, who is regarded as a Blairite, many socialists don't like


him. They need a candidate who is right wing, and who can take her


voters and defeat the Front National. Francois Fillon has lost a


lot of support and he's quite painfully fairly unelectable, you


would imagine, but if Marine Le Pen is the one who gets into the final


run-off and is against Emmanuel Macron, it is likely that even


conservative voters would vote with the Blairite in order to vote


against her. You vote against the person you don't want to get the


job, fundamentally, in France, so the Conservatives are pushing


Francois Fillon to go through because they don't want Macron to go


through. It is a long game of chess. Our politics is a bit mild, I


suppose, but the Daily Telegraph has a story about Jeremy Corbyn, under


attack from his own side, but this is about his tax returns. Reportedly


he released his tax returns to put pressure on the government when it


comes to the issue of tax, but it is suggested not all of his income has


been declared on his tax returns. It looks as though his income as an MP


has been and his pensions and everything else but not his income


as leader of the Labour Party which is entitled to. This is probably a


clerical error. How much does he get? ?40,000, and that should be


declared. No one is suggesting he is dodging anything, but this is a


political case of shooting yourself in the foot. It was a stunt too


embarrassed the government but instead it has embarrassed him.


People say Jeremy Corbyn is always attacked by the media, and maybe


they have a good point, but when they said that he has not declared


his own income properly in this tax return, that is outrageous. It is


not just a piece of paper where he has missed something off, this is


his actual tax return. Oh right, we get into trouble if we do that.


Exactly. He has been taxed at source for that money and he did take it,


but he did not put that on his declaration. That is an oversight,


but someone should have checked his tax return before it went out. There


has been incompetence, but aside from all that, his income includes


?77,000 basic MP salary and also ?36,000 in pensions income. He is


entitled because he is over 65 to draw a pension for that job, but as


Leader of the Opposition and someone who is talking about wealthy members


of society who should be maybe not take the benefits they are entitled


to, like free TV licences, winter fuel payments, why is he taking the


?36,000 pension? It is not like he is a poor man, he already has


?118,000 income without it. Is that not enough for him? What is he


spending his money on? Drink? We will leave it there. Thanks for now.


You will both be back for another look at the front pages at 1130.


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